1865 3cN PR

Mintage: 500

1865 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 500

1865 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 500

1866 3cN PR

Mintage: 725

1866 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 725

1866 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 725

1867 3cN PR

Mintage: 625

1867 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 625

1867 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 625

1868 3cN PR

Mintage: 600

1868 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 600

1868 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 600

1869 3cN PR

Mintage: 600

1869 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 600

1869 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 600

1870 3cN PR

Mintage: 1,000

1870 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 1,000

1870 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 1,000

1871 3cN PR

Mintage: 960

1871 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 960

1871 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 960

1872 3cN PR

Mintage: 950

1872 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 950

1872 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 950

1873 3cN PR Closed 3

Mintage: 1,100

1873 3cN PR CAM Closed 3

Mintage: 1,100

1873 3cN PR DCAM Closed 3

Mintage: 1,100

1874 3cN PR

Mintage: 700

1874 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 700

1874 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 700

1875 3cN PR

Mintage: 700

1875 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 700

1875 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 700

1876 3cN PR

Mintage: 1,150

1876 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 1,150

1876 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 1,150

1877 3cN PR

Mintage: 510

1877 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 510

1877 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 510

1878 3cN PR

Mintage: 2,350

1878 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 2,350

1878 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 2,350

1879 3cN PR

Mintage: 3,200

1879 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 3,200

1879 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 3,200

1880 3cN PR

Mintage: 3,955

1880 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 3,955

1880 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 3,955

1881 3cN PR

Mintage: 3,575

1881 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 3,575

1881 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 3,575

1882 3cN PR

Mintage: 3,100

1882 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 3,100

1882 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 3,100

1883 3cN PR

Mintage: 6,609

1883 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 6,609

1883 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 6,609

1884 3cN PR

Mintage: 3,942

1884 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 3,942

1884 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 3,942

1885 3cN PR

Mintage: 3,790

1885 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 3,790

1885 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 3,790

1886 3cN PR

Mintage: 4,290

1886 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 4,290

1886 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 4,290

1887 3cN PR

Mintage: 2,960

1887 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 2,960

1887 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 2,960

1887/6 3cN PR

Mintage: 2,960

1887/6 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 2,960

1887/6 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 2,960

1888 3cN PR

Mintage: 4,582

1888 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 4,582

1888 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 4,582

1889 3cN PR

Mintage: 3,436

1889 3cN PR CAM

Mintage: 3,436

1889 3cN PR DCAM

Mintage: 3,436

Series Overview

Proof 3 cent nickels were struck during the entire course of production of the 3 cent nickel, which was made from 1865 through 1889. The series, designed by United States Mint Chief Engraver James B. Longacre, is popular with type collectors and those who focus on minor-denomination coins, and thus the proofs enjoy some market activity from that standpoint.

While most of the proof issues begin at relatively affordable prices, certain dates were proof-only years. Thus, prices for those individual proof issues are significantly higher not because these proofs are any scarcer in the absolute sense but rather due to the strong demand placed on these coins from date set collectors who have only the proof specimen as an option to obtain an example of a 3 cent nickel from that year.

The proof-only years are 1877, 1878, and 1886, and prices for these issues vary from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, based on the date and grade. There are a few significant design varieties for the proofs, including the 1873 Close 3, 1873 Open 3, and 1887 7/6 overdate.