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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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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5/31/2004 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 451 $207.00
12/10/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 202, 208/Lot# 144 $373.75
11/29/2009 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2777, 2777/Lot# 1264 $184.00
7/12/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7542 $575.00
5/25/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22127 $91.65
6/9/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20139 $94.00
9/7/2014 PCGS MS 67   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 217863 $2,000.00
1/7/2015 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1216/Lot# 3468 $1,527.50
1/25/2015 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131505/Lot# 22000 $149.23


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