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SERIES: Liberty Head Three Cent Nickels 1865-1889
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1885 3CN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+
PCGS #:
3753
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.94 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
1,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$29,900 • PCGS MS66 • 1-6-2010 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 600 R-5.8 3 / 23 TIE 3 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 125 R-7.7 3 / 23 TIE 3 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 60 R-8.4 4 / 23 4 / 23
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
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3 MS66 PCGS grade  
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3 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
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Ron Guth: The 1885 Three-Cent Nickel has the lowest mintage of any date in the series.  Because of this, prices for high-end examples are what I like to call "insane."  As a result, the occasional Proof is offered as Mint State, so authenticion (preferably certification) is mandatory.  Though this date is not as rare as the 1884, it is definitely the most popular in the series.