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

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

1869 Three (3) Cent Nickel NGC PF63 CAMEO  Superb Eye Appeal  GREAT FROST
1869 Three (3) Cent Nickel NGC PF63 CAMEO Superb Eye Appeal GREAT FROST
SKU: PSB10270

This original 1869 Three (3) Cent Nickel has superb eye appeal with full luster and nice strike. The coin looks 64+ all day to me. Great Frost! Certified: NGC PF63 CAMEO

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$470.00 $485.00

1871 Three (3) Cent Nickel Nice Proof Nice Eye Appeal Nice Luster Nice Strike
1871 Three (3) Cent Nickel Nice Proof Nice Eye Appeal Nice Luster Nice Strike
SKU: 3CN634

This original and undipped 1871 Three (3) Cent Nickel has nice eye appeal with nice luster and nice strike. The coin is tough to find. Grade: Nice Proof

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$315.00 $325.00

1881 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof Choice PR Nice Eye Appeal Strong Strike
1881 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof Choice PR Nice Eye Appeal Strong Strike
SKU: 3CN989

This original 1881 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof has nice eye appeal and strong strike. Luster is a bit subdued. Grade: Choice PR

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$245.00 $252.00

1889 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof NGC PF65 Superb Eye Appeal Fantastic Luster
1889 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof NGC PF65 Superb Eye Appeal Fantastic Luster
SKU: PSB24344

This wonderfully original 1889 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof has superb eye appeal with fantastic luster and nice strike. Looks 66 CAM to me. Certified: NGC PF65

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$445.00 $455.00

1889 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof NGC PF65 Superb Eye Appeal Nice Strike
1889 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof NGC PF65 Superb Eye Appeal Nice Strike
SKU: PSB24448

This wonderfully original 1889 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof has superb eye appeal with fantastic luster and nice strike. This is the nicest PR65 you will ever see. Looks 66+ to me. Certified: NGC PF65

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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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