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Greysheet & CPG® PRICE GUIDE

About This Series

The Greysheet Catalog (GSID) of the 3-Cent Nickels (Proof) series of 3-Cent Pieces in the U.S. Coins contains 77 distinct entries with CPG® values between $260.00 and $92,800.00.
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.

Catalog Detail

  3-Cent Nickels (Proof) Value Range Favorite
3-Cent Nickels (Proof) Value Range  
3-Cent Nickel 3cN 1865-1889 PR Type Coin
$260
-
$4,750
$260 - $4,750
3-Cent Nickel 3cN 1865-1889 PR CAM Type Coin
$403
-
$5,700
$403 - $5,700
3-Cent Nickel 3cN 1865-1889 PR DCAM Type Coin
$715
-
$11,900
$715 - $11,900
1865 3cN PR
$715
-
$9,380
$715 - $9,380
1865 3cN PR CAM
$2,250
-
$12,200
$2,250 - $12,200
1865 3cN PR DCAM
$3,750
-
$28,800
$3,750 - $28,800
1866 3cN PR
$260
-
$6,750
$260 - $6,750
1866 3cN PR CAM
$403
-
$7,430
$403 - $7,430
1866 3cN PR DCAM
$715
-
$25,900
$715 - $25,900
1867 3cN PR
$260
-
$5,100
$260 - $5,100
1867 3cN PR CAM
$403
-
$9,750
$403 - $9,750
1867 3cN PR DCAM
$715
-
$11,900
$715 - $11,900
1868 3cN PR
$260
-
$4,200
$260 - $4,200
1868 3cN PR CAM
$468
-
$4,950
$468 - $4,950
1868 3cN PR DCAM
$715
-
$6,250
$715 - $6,250
1869 3cN PR
$286
-
$4,880
$286 - $4,880
1869 3cN PR CAM
$372
-
$5,360
$372 - $5,360
1869 3cN PR DCAM
$715
-
$6,250
$715 - $6,250
1870 3cN PR
$260
-
$5,250
$260 - $5,250
1870 3cN PR CAM
$403
-
$6,750
$403 - $6,750
1870 3cN PR DCAM
$3,130
-
$12,000
$3,130 - $12,000
1871 3cN PR
$260
-
$3,380
$260 - $3,380
1871 3cN PR CAM
$403
-
$8,130
$403 - $8,130
1871 3cN PR DCAM
$5,630
-
$6,750
$5,630 - $6,750

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1872 3cN PR
$260
-
$4,500
$260 - $4,500
1872 3cN PR CAM
$403
-
$5,630
$403 - $5,630
1872 3cN PR DCAM
$1,880
-
$4,130
$1,880 - $4,130
1873 3cN Closed 3 PR
$260
-
$5,250
$260 - $5,250
1873 3cN Closed 3 PR CAM
$403
-
$6,000
$403 - $6,000
1874 3cN PR
$260
-
$4,880
$260 - $4,880
1874 3cN PR CAM
$403
-
$5,750
$403 - $5,750
1874 3cN PR DCAM
$1,250
-
$12,200
$1,250 - $12,200
1875 3cN PR
$260
-
$1,080
$260 - $1,080
1875 3cN PR CAM
$443
-
$3,750
$443 - $3,750
1875 3cN PR DCAM
$9,380
-
$15,000
$9,380 - $15,000
1876 3cN PR
$260
-
$5,100
$260 - $5,100
1876 3cN PR CAM
$403
-
$5,700
$403 - $5,700
1876 3cN PR DCAM
$715
-
$6,250
$715 - $6,250
1877 3cN PR Proof Only
$1,100
-
$4,500
$1,100 - $4,500
1877 3cN PR CAM Proof Only
$2,030
-
$16,800
$2,030 - $16,800
1877 3cN PR DCAM Proof Only
$3,500
-
$11,300
$3,500 - $11,300
1878 3cN PR Proof Only
$624
-
$9,750
$624 - $9,750
1878 3cN PR CAM Proof Only
$845
-
$11,300
$845 - $11,300
1878 3cN PR DCAM Proof Only
$2,500
-
$11,300
$2,500 - $11,300
1879 3cN PR
$260
-
$4,750
$260 - $4,750
1879 3cN PR CAM
$403
-
$5,700
$403 - $5,700
1879 3cN PR DCAM
$12,000
-
$15,000
$12,000 - $15,000
1880 3cN PR
$260
-
$1,240
$260 - $1,240
1880 3cN PR CAM
$403
-
$2,700
$403 - $2,700
1881 3cN PR
$260
-
$7,500
$260 - $7,500
1881 3cN PR CAM
$403
-
$14,400
$403 - $14,400
1881 3cN PR DCAM
$1,310
-
$11,300
$1,310 - $11,300
1882 3cN PR
$260
-
$4,750
$260 - $4,750
1882 3cN PR CAM
$403
-
$5,700
$403 - $5,700
1882 3cN PR DCAM
$715
-
$10,500
$715 - $10,500
1883 3cN PR
$260
-
$4,750
$260 - $4,750
1883 3cN PR CAM
$403
-
$5,700
$403 - $5,700
1883 3cN PR DCAM
$5,000
-
$14,400
$5,000 - $14,400
1884 3cN PR
$260
-
$6,000
$260 - $6,000
1884 3cN PR CAM
$403
-
$9,380
$403 - $9,380
1884 3cN PR DCAM
$1,090
-
$6,250
$1,090 - $6,250
1885 3cN PR
$260
-
$11,300
$260 - $11,300
1885 3cN PR CAM
$403
-
$18,000
$403 - $18,000
1885 3cN PR DCAM
$4,380
-
$5,250
$4,380 - $5,250
1886 3cN PR
$325
-
$4,750
$325 - $4,750
1886 3cN PR CAM
$449
-
$6,080
$449 - $6,080
1886 3cN PR DCAM
$3,750
-
$4,380
$3,750 - $4,380

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1887 3cN PR
$260
-
$1,800
$260 - $1,800
1887 3cN PR CAM
$455
-
$6,000
$455 - $6,000
1887/6 3cN PR
$338
-
$9,000
$338 - $9,000
1887/6 3cN PR CAM
$650
-
$12,200
$650 - $12,200
1888 3cN PR
$260
-
$7,500
$260 - $7,500
1888 3cN PR CAM
$403
-
$1,350
$403 - $1,350
1888 3cN PR DCAM
$715
-
$15,000
$715 - $15,000
1889 3cN PR
$260
-
$8,130
$260 - $8,130
1889 3cN PR CAM
$403
-
$9,380
$403 - $9,380
3-Cent Nickel Set 3cN 26 Coins PR Set Total
$9,440
-
$92,800
$9,440 - $92,800