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U.S. Three-Cent Nickels (1865-1889)

1865 Three (3) Cent Nickel
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$73.00 $75.00

1865 Three (3) Cent Nickel Choice BU Great Eye Appeal Strong Strike
1865 Three (3) Cent Nickel Choice BU Great Eye Appeal Strong Strike
SKU: 3CN1064

This wonderfully original 1865 Three (3) Cent Nickel has great eye appeal with nice luster and strong strike. Great color and surfaces. Couple neat rim cuds. Grade: Choice BU

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$136.00 $140.00

1866 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof PCGS PR64 Great Eye Appeal Strong Strike
1866 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof PCGS PR64 Great Eye Appeal Strong Strike
SKU: PSB42614

This wonderfully original 1866 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof has great eye appeal with fantastic luster and strong strike. Great color and surfaces. Possible upgrade. Certified: PCGS PR64

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$469.00 $482.00

1867 Three (3) Cent Nickel
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$89.00 $91.00

1868 Three (3) Cent Nickel
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$29.00 $29.00

1868 Three (3) Cent Nickel PCGS MS65 Superb Eye Appeal Strong Strike
1868 Three (3) Cent Nickel PCGS MS65 Superb Eye Appeal Strong Strike
SKU: PSB42615

This wonderfully original 1868 Three (3) Cent Nickel has superb eye appeal with fantastic luster and strong strike. Gorgeous color and surfaces. Certified: PCGS MS65

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$469.00 $482.00

1871 Three (3) Cent Nickel Nice PR Nice Eye Appeal Strong Strike
1871 Three (3) Cent Nickel Nice PR Nice Eye Appeal Strong Strike
SKU: 3CN1142

This original 1871 Three (3) Cent Nickel has nice eye appeal with nice luster and strong strike. Nice color and surfaces. Tought to find! Grade: Nice PR

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$344.00 $354.00

1872 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof NGC PF64 Great Eye Appeal Nice Strike
1872 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof NGC PF64 Great Eye Appeal Nice Strike
SKU: PSB41414

This original 1872 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof has great eye appeal with nice luster and nice strike. Great color and surfaces. Certified: NGC PF64

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$495.00 $509.00

1872 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof PCGS PR66 Superb Eye Appeal Strong Strike
1872 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof PCGS PR66 Superb Eye Appeal Strong Strike
SKU: PSB41605

This wonderfully original 1872 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof has superb eye appeal with nice luster and strong strike. Outstanding color and surfaces. Certified: PCGS PR66

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$755.00 $775.00

1879 Three (3) Cent Nickel
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$115.00 $118.00

1880 Three (3) Cent Nickel Nice BU Great Eye Appeal Strong Strike
1880 Three (3) Cent Nickel Nice BU Great Eye Appeal Strong Strike
SKU: 3CN1138

This original 1880 Three (3) Cent Nickel has great eye appeal with nice luster and strong strike. Nice color and surfaces. Tough coin in mint state! Grade: Nice BU

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$391.00 $402.00

1885 Three (3) Cent Nickel PCGS MS66 Great Eye Appeal Strong Strike - RARE
1885 Three (3) Cent Nickel PCGS MS66 Great Eye Appeal Strong Strike - RARE
SKU: PSB39631

This wonderfully original 1885 Three (3) Cent Nickel has great eye appeal with nice luster and strong strike. Outstanding color and surfaces. Extremely Rare coin in Mint State. Population only 15 coins with only 2 higher. Certified: PCGS MS66

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$22,150.00 $22,795.00

1886 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof PCGS PR66 Great Eye Appeal Strong Strike
1886 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof PCGS PR66 Great Eye Appeal Strong Strike
SKU: PSB41925

This wonderfully original 1886 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof has great eye appeal with nice luster and strong strike. Mark-free Gem. Certified: PCGS PR66

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$605.00 $620.00

1888 Three (3) Cent Nickel
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$136.00 $140.00

1888 Three (3) Cent Nickel ANACS AU50 Key Date Nice Eye Appeal Nice Strike
1888 Three (3) Cent Nickel ANACS AU50 Key Date Nice Eye Appeal Nice Strike
SKU: PSB42746

This original 1888 Three (3) Cent Nickel has nice eye appeal and nice strike. Nice color and surfaces. Certified: ANACS AU50

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$151.00 $156.00


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Learn More About U.S. Three-Cent Nickels (1865-1889)

 

The three-cent nickel was minted from 1865 to 1889, during the same time the three-cent silver piece was produced. Both coins were designed by the U.S. Mint’s chief engraver, John Longacre. The obverse side features the head of Lady Liberty wearing a crown and facing left with the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounding her and the date below. The reverse side includes the denomination expressed as the Roman numeral III inside of a wreath. The three-cent nickel was composed of 75% copper and 25% nickel yet looks silver in appearance. Millions of these odd denomination coins were produced to buy three-cent postage stamps and make change during the post-Civil War era. The three-cent nickel raised controversy due to its size which was very similar to that of a dime. It was discontinued in 1889 when the cost of postage dropped from three cents to two cents, creating less demand for a three-cent piece. 


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