1888 3CN XF40

CERTIFICATION#: 26705597
PCGS#: 3757

Owner's Comments

CAC Mintage: 36,500. Extremely scarce in all grades, R4.8, rare in MS60&+, R5.5.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1888 Three-Cent Nickel boasts the last of the "big" mintages from the 1880's, but at 36,501 pieces, the mintage is still tiny by any standard.  This date compares favorably with the 1879, which has just a slightly higher mintage; both dates are priced nearly the same in all grades. 

Numerous Gem examples exist of this date, with dozens available in MS65, MS66, and MS67.  In MS68, the population drops down to a mere one -- a lovely PCGS MS68 (which ranks as the finest known of this date).

In general, this date comes well struck, and almost always shows all of the vertical lines in the Roman numeral III on the reverse.  Picky collectors should select pieces with booming luster and as few carbon flecks as possible.

Diameter: 17.90 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 36,500 Weight: 1.94 grams Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
4
54
6
57
8
60
10
65
12
75
1
15
79
20
85
3
30
100
6
45+
155
50+
175
53+
185
55+
205
58+
245
62+
370
63+
415
64+
510
65+
825
66+
1,650
2
67+
4,525

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,500 R-4.8 9 / 23 TIE 9 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 750 R-5.5 16 / 23 TIE 16 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 350 R-6.3 21 / 23 21 / 23

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade