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3-Cent Nickel 3cN 1865-1889 MS

3-Cent Nickel 3cN 1865-1889 MS

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Greysheet Catalog Details (GSID: 72350)

The 3-Cent Nickel Three Cent Nickel is part of a series of Three cent nickel coins struck from 1865-1889. The specific variety is 1865-1889. Struck in Philadelphia and designated as a Business (MS) strike, this coin is made of 75% copper; 25% nickel from a mintage of 11,382,000 struck.
3 cent nickels were struck from 1865 through 1889 and designed by James B. Longacre. Despite a production range spanning a quarter century during a period in US coinage history when designs were typically modified in one way or another, the 3 cent nickel retained its same general design for the course of its time.

The 3 cent nickel series boasts a few significant varieties, including the 1873 Close 3, 1873 Open 3, and 18878 7/6 overdate. However, most issues in this series are standard and relatively common, especially in the lower grades among earlier dates.

Dealers and collectors will find some degree of challenge in obtaining most of the dates from 1877 through 1889, some of which are proof-only issues and others that are comparatively scarce. These include the 1877, 1878, and 1886 proof-only issues and all business-strike issues from 1882 through 1887. Also scarce are the 1879, 1880, 1888, and 1889 3 cent nickels. This leaves only the 1881 3 cent nickel, which is priced more on par with the more common pre-1877 issues.

Obverse: A Romanesque Liberty is portrayed facing left with LIBERTY emblazoned on her crown. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA appears on the periphery with the date at the bottom.
Reverse: The roman numeral III is centered in the design surrounded by a large wreath tied with a bow at the bottom. This design is one of few American coins without wording on one of the sides.

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Catalog Detail

GSID: 72350
Coin Date: 3-Cent Nickel
Denomination: 3cN / Three Cent Nickel
Designation: MS
Mint Mark: P
Mint Location: Philadelphia
Mintage: 11,382,000
Coinage Type: Three cent nickel
Coinage Years: 1865-1889
Composition: 75% copper; 25% nickel
Variety: 1865-1889
Strike Type: Business
Diameter: 17.9 mm
Weight: 1.94 gr
Coin Shape: Round
Designer: James B. Longacre
Obverse Lettering: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, [Date]
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Lettering: III
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
PCGS #: 3730

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