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

1888 3CN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
3757
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.94 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
36,500
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$15,669 • PCGS MS68 • 2-1-2005 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
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Numismatic
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Relative Rarity
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Relative Rarity
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All Grades 1,500 R-4.8 9 / 23 TIE 9 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 750 R-5.5 16 / 23 TIE 16 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 350 R-6.3 21 / 23 21 / 23
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
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Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
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Ron Guth: The 1888 Three-Cent Nickel boasts the last of the "big" mintages from the 1880's, but at 36,501 pieces, the mintage is still tiny by any standard.  This date compares favorably with the 1879, which has just a slightly higher mintage; both dates are priced nearly the same in all grades. 

Numerous Gem examples exist of this date, with dozens available in MS65, MS66, and MS67.  In MS68, the population drops down to a mere one -- a lovely PCGS MS68 (which ranks as the finest known of this date).

In general, this date comes well struck, and almost always shows all of the vertical lines in the Roman numeral III on the reverse.  Picky collectors should select pieces with booming luster and as few carbon flecks as possible.