Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,001
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94g
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
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1887 3CN MS obverse 1887 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In a classic example of governmental inertia, the three-cent piece continued to be coined through 1889 until it was finally abolished by law in September of 1890.

The 1887 edition was typical of later dates in having a very small mintage that clearly served no role in commerce. Precious few of the 5,001 pieces struck for circulation have survived, and a disproportionate percentage of these are Mint State.

The specimen illustrated reveals one of the problems that often plagued this denomination: The dies clashed severely, leaving deep impressions of one another that were only partially effaced by aggressive buffing of the die.

There is a very minor overdate variety for the currency strikes, and this is not to be confused with the common but much more obvious proof overdate. The former is so slight that the numismatic community has largely overlooked it.

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Last Updated: 6/30/2015

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1887 3CN MS
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Base $ 285 325 365 475 600 650 675 715 730 765 785 825 1025 1850 2800 19000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 116
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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10/19/1998 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1097, 1097/Lot# 1193 $790.25
4/25/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 231 $500.25
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2486 $960.00
8/11/2011 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 9326 $517.50
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1802 $603.75
3/18/2012 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/18/2012, 13/Lot# 40902 $704.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1087 $763.75
2/1/2015 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131506/Lot# 23930 $305.50


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