Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,790
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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1885 3CN PF obverse 1885 3CN PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This date had the lowest mintage of coins for circulation, and this has put considerable pressure on the proofs as the only examples generally available. No more rare than other proofs of the 1880s, the 1885 issue will bring slightly higher prices. Cameo examples are scarce, but nice proofs in general are usually available.

A very minor repunched date variety is noted for 1885, but no one really cares about varieties when the date is a rarity overall.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/7/2015

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1885 3CN PF
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 255 325 400 440 635 825 1675 6900 - -
$ - - - - - - - 430 490 685 925 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 976
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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9/26/2004 NGC PF 65   Cameo Teletrade Auction 1940, 1940/Lot# 1072 $632.50
11/13/2006 NGC PF 64   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 113, 118/Lot# 253 $437.00
1/8/2007 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Online Session #423, 423/Lot# 64301 $862.50
5/6/2012 PCGS PF 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/06/2012, 21/Lot# 50663 $852.50
4/1/2014 PCGS PF 64   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7458 $399.50
6/29/2014 PCGS PF 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 195/Lot# 201186 $643.50
9/22/2014 PCGS PF 66   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1272 $632.50
1/29/2015 PCGS PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1217/Lot# 7127 $646.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15119825532741251557563367670574777477979380282010441379194533691055418886
1662172793554465355946476857197567757837968088941155156724195764133310
000000594647685719756775783796808894115515672419576400
000000613661695733765777788799814969126717562894815900
1885 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2202823604505606887648378899259751008101610331044106613361737240440531315923515
240308390486602713788854901941986101010211036105111561469195929537088166110
00000078885490194198610101021103610511156146919592953708800
000000812871913958997101310271040105812461603218135031012300
1885 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base342429534659802969106711601229127413371379138714061421145017882281309250541708630484
371464575706857100110981183124412951351138113931411143015621952255137469064215520
0000001098118312441295135113811393141114301562195225513746906400
00000011291206125913161365138413991416144016752116282144001307500
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Grade: PF 66
Points: 1379
Owner: ronjuan18
 
Grade: PF 66
Points: 1271
Owner: MikeInFL
 
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