Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 36,501
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.9400g
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
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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: 313
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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11/5/2003 PCGS MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1802, 1802/Lot# 1042 $1,210.00
5/22/2011 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131122/Lot# 26683 $161.00
5/12/2013 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131321/Lot# 24772 $101.05
12/1/2013 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 780, 789/Lot# 277 $130.00
12/22/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 159614 $225.00
7/11/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5421 $105.75
9/22/2014 NGC MS 67   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1277 $2,185.00


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