Three Cent Nickel

Three Cent Nickel

  • 1868 3CN CA CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR67
    1868 3CN CA CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 756205060

    1868 3CN CA CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR67

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  • 1870 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR64
    1870 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR64
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755799008

    1870 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR64

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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

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  • 1880 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR67
    1880 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 516821043

    1880 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR67

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  • 1881 3CN NGC Plus Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67+
    1881 3CN NGC Plus Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 502608044

    1881 3CN NGC Plus Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67+

    $8,586.00
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  • 1883 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR65
    1883 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 756223037

    1883 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR65

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  • 1888 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66
    1888 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755105015

    1888 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66

    $784.00
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  • 1889 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66
    1889 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755128008

    1889 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66

    $756.00
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  • 1889 3CN CAC Three Cent Nickel PCGS MS65
    1889 3CN CAC Three Cent Nickel PCGS MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 516821045

    1889 3CN CAC Three Cent Nickel PCGS MS65

    $840.00
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  • 1889 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66
    1889 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755105016

    1889 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66

    $784.00
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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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