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

1889 3CN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
3758
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.94 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
18,125
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$8,194 • 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 1,000 R-5.0 7 / 23 TIE 7 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 600 R-5.8 15 / 23 15 / 23
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 15 / 23 TIE 15 / 23 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
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Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
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Ron Guth: 1889 was the last year for the Three-Cent Nickel (and for the entire denomination, as well).  For their swan song, the mint produced just over 18,000 Three-Cent Nickels, enough to supply both commercial and collector demand.  Numerous high-grade examples were set aside by collectors, resulting in a Condition Census today that consists entirely of MS67 examples.  The most desirable examples that combine spot-free surfaces with intense luster, a bold strike, and a hint of colorful toning.