3 Cents "Three Cent Nickel"

Features

Country United States
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1865-1889
Value 3 Cents (0.03 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 1.94 g
Diameter 17.9 mm
Thickness 1.15 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
References KM# 95
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Obverse

Female portrait left, date below

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
LIBERTY
1885

Engraver: James Barton Longacre

James Barton Longacre was an American portraitist and engraver, and from 1844 until his death the fourth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint.

Reverse

Roman numerals within wreath

Lettering: III

Engraver: James Barton Longacre

James Barton Longacre was an American portraitist and engraver, and from 1844 until his death the fourth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint.

Edge

Smooth

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1865  11,382,000 7.36 17.12 13.99 22.32 46.85 45%
1865  500 0.5% Proof
1866  4,801,000 9.93 18.93 8.88 28.61 25%
1866  725 0.7% Proof
1867  3,915,000 21.06 21.70 26.64 20%
1867  625 0.6% Proof
1868  3,252,000 14.03 26.88 16%
1868  600 0.5% Proof
1869  1,604,000 29.91 10%
1869  600 0.5% Proof
1870  1,335,000 30.08 8%
1870  1,000 0.4% Proof
1871  604,000 4%
1871  960 0.3% Proof
1872  862,000 14.15 6%
1872  950 0.3% Proof
1873  390,000 2% Closed 3
1873  783,000 23.93 4% Open 3
1873  1,100 0.5% Proof (closed "3")
1874  790,000 14.90 5%
1874  700 0.4% Proof
1875  228,000 2%
1875  700 0.4% Proof
1876  162,000 1.8%
1876  1,150 0.3% Proof
1877  510 0.4% Proof only (circulated though)
1878  2,350 0.5% Proof only (circulated though)
1879  38,000 1.2%
1879  3,200 0.4% Proof
1880  21,000 0.6%
1880  3,955 0.4% Proof
1881  1,077,000 16.98 25.63 11%
1881  3,575 0.4% Proof
1882  22,200 0.8%
1882  3,100 0.4% Proof
1883  4,000 0.5%
1883  6,609 0.4% Proof
1884  1,700 0.4%
1884  3,942 0.3% Proof
1885  1,000 0.5%
1885  3,790 0.4% Proof
1886  4,290 0.6% Proof
1887  5,001 0.5% Overdate variety exists (1887/6)
1887  2,960 0.3% Proof; overdate variety exists (1887/6)
1888  36,501 1.5%
1888  4,582 0.5% Proof
1889  18,125 1.0%
1889  3,436 0.5% Proof

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