Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 36,501
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94g
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1888 3CN MS obverse 1888 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Why the mintage of this coin type rose in 1888 is a mystery, but the number made was still too small to have much impact in circulation. Indeed, the majority of survivors are Mint State or nearly so. A significant number of very high grade pieces are known, which suggests that collectors of the time set these pieces aside with knowledge that the series was to be discontinued.

Most 1888 three-cent pieces were well made, with good luster and only a touch of weakness on Liberty's lower curls.

A couple of repunched date varieties are known, but these are too minor to warrant interest.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/30/2015

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1888 3CN MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 308
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 99 $402.50
12/10/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 202, 208/Lot# 144 $373.75
8/21/2011 NGC Details UNC Details  Teletrade Auction 3122, 3122/Lot# 1202 $149.50
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 7740 $381.88
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1184/Lot# 1402 $2,115.00
3/16/2014 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/16/2014, 172/Lot# 177585 $77.86
7/17/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 5067 $4,993.75


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