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

1887 3CN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
3755
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.94 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
5,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$13,369 • PCGS MS67 • 2-1-2005 • 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 750 R-5.5 5 / 23 TIE 5 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 175 R-7.2 5 / 23 5 / 23
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 6 / 23 TIE 6 / 23 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: For some reason, the mintage of the 1887 Three-Cent Nickel jumped up to just over 5,000 pieces.  The increase may not be attributable to collector demand, because the number of Proofs for this year experienced a significant decline.  Nonetheless, because this date has the fourth lowest mintage of the series, and it is scarce in all grades. 

PCGS has certified 152 examples in all grades.  At the Mint State level, the most frequent grade is MS64.  The finest example certified by PCGS is a single PCGS MS67.