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
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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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/30/2015

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1888 3CN MS
Base $ 45.00 52.00 58.00 75.00 120 165 190 210 245 285 320 430 525 750 1300 2450 19500 - -
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Total Graded: 303
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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9/10/2006 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1252 $1,006.25
5/27/2007 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2372, 2372/Lot# 1182 $112.00
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(3), 1166/Lot# 4480 $2,530.00
2/22/2013 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6796 $141.00
11/15/2013 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34037 $164.50
12/22/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 159614 $225.00
9/5/2014 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3498, 6052/Lot# 20059 $49.35
11/16/2014 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 830, 839/Lot# 1018 $1,325.00
1/10/2016 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131603/Lot# 25548 $146.88

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