Description and Analysis

Nickel Three Cents
1887/6 3CN PF

Description & Analysis

This variety comprises the majority of 1887 proofs and probably all of those sold as part of the minor proof sets. This is said because the complete silver proof sets of 1887 that once existed were found to have non-overdate examples.

This naked-eye overdate hints at the general carelessness the Philadelphia Mint was bringing to its manufacture and sale of proof coins during the 1880s. Perhaps it was stressed by the unusually high sales during that decade, but there survive contemporary accounts of clumsy handling and surly behavior by the mint's clerks when supplying proofs.

Gems of this date are somewhat scarce, while cameo pieces are genuinely rare.