1888 3CN (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head Three Cent Nickels 1865-1889

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS #:
3757
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Weight:
1.94 grams
Mintage:
36,500
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

TDP Collection - Tompet38 Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS67+ PCGS grade

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2 MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67+ PCGS grade
8 MS67 PCGS grade
8 MS67 PCGS grade
8 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS68 PCGS grade

TDP Collection - Tompet38 Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#2 MS67+ PCGS grade

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#2 MS67+ PCGS grade
#2 MS67+ PCGS grade
#2 MS67+ PCGS grade
#2 MS67+ PCGS grade
#2 MS67+ PCGS grade
#8 MS67 PCGS grade
#8 MS67 PCGS grade
#8 MS67 PCGS grade
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.