For some reason, the mintage of the 1887 Three-Cent Nickel jumped up to just over 5,000 pieces. The increase may not be attributable to collector demand, because the number of Proofs for this year experienced a significant decline. Nonetheless, because this date has the fourth lowest mintage of the series, and it is scarce in all grades.
PCGS has certified 152 examples in all grades. At the Mint State level, the most frequent grade is MS64. The finest example certified by PCGS is a single PCGS MS67.