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Three Cent Nickel

Three Cent Nickel

  • 1866 3CN NGC Plus Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR66+
    1866 3CN NGC Plus Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR66+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 759469125

    1866 3CN NGC Plus Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR66+

    $1,916.25
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  • 1873 3CN Closed 3 CA Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR66
    1873 3CN Closed 3 CA Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 759469126

    1873 3CN Closed 3 CA Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR66

    $1,221.00
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  • 1877 3CN CA CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67
    1877 3CN CA CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758847003

    1877 3CN CA CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67

    $5,670.00
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  • 1877 3CN CA Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67
    1877 3CN CA Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 756270036

    1877 3CN CA Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67

    $5,130.00
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  • 1877 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR65
    1877 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 910178030

    1877 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR65

    $2,970.00
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  • 1882 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR66
    1882 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 910111023

    1882 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR66

    $666.00
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  • 1882 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR67
    1882 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758939015

    1882 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR67

    $888.00
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  • 1883 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR68
    1883 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR68
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 910191006

    1883 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR68

    $3,510.00
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  • 1883 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR68
    1883 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR68
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 757007015

    1883 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR68

    $4,320.00
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Three Cent Nickel:

In order to provide coinage at the end of the Civil War, but not to encourage hoarding, US Mint Chief Engraver James Longacre designed a new three cent coin made out of copper and nickel. This coin, along with the Two Cent Piece were popular coins and denominations towards the end of the War, but as that faded into memory, so did their popularity. Longacre’s design was safe and simple – a head of Miss Liberty on the obverse and the tried-and-true Roman numeral for three – III – within a wreath on the reverse.

In 1865, the Mint struck more than 11 million of these coins at Philadelphia. They continued striking these coins, but in much lower mintages, until 1889 and all were struck at the Philadelphia mint. By 1880, demand had decreased to such a low number that only a few thousand coins were struck annually. In fact, in several years the mintages were so low that the mintages of the Proof coins, struck for collectors, was greater than the number of coins intended for circulation. This is a popular set to attempt to collect.

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