Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 18,125
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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1889 3CN MS obverse 1889 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The final year of three-cent production witnessed a modest mintage, of which many may have been melted without ever leaving the mint. This denomination was officially terminated September 25, 1890, the gold dollar and three-dollar piece being rendered obsolete by the same legislation.

The typical 1889 three-cent piece is well struck, though the example illustrated has some characteristic softness in the denticles and the lowest curls of Liberty's hair. Luster ranges from semi-prooflike to frostiness of fine grain.

A repunched date variety is known affecting numerals 89, but this had drawn little interest given the overall scarcity of this date.

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Last Updated: 5/6/2015

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1889 3CN MS
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Base $ 85.00 105 125 150 215 245 265 290 315 340 365 400 445 585 825 1550 3750 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 248
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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1/25/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1550 $242.00
4/28/2010 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139, 1139/Lot# 399 $3,737.50
1/16/2011 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 2996, 2996/Lot# 1182 $161.00
2/10/2011 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 557, 564/Lot# 7094 $379.50
7/12/2012 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7544 $253.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1094 $632.50
8/31/2014 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 208699 $211.00


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