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Obverse of 1887 Three Cents     Reverse of 1887 Three Cents


1887 THREE CENTS

PCGS Nos: 3755, 3783, 3784

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 5,000
Proofs:
2,960 

Designer: James Barton Longacre

Diameter: ±17.9 millimeters

Metal content:
Nickel - 25%
Copper - 75%

Weight: ±30 grains (±1.9 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (all dates of this type were struck at the Philadelphia, PA Mint)

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 21 PR-66's.

The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 4 PRCA-66's.

The finest Proof "1887/6" examples graded by PCGS are 5 PR-67's.

The finest Proof Cameo "1887/6" example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-67.

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-65.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 285, illustrated, sold for $862.50

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof 66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1534, "7 over 6"  From Bowers and Merena Inc.'s Eliasberg sale May 1996, lot 748

NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7837, "7/6", not illustrated, sold for $833.75

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1536, "7 over 6"

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1537, "7 over 6"

PCGS Proof 65.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4203, not illustrated, sold for $747.50

PCGS Proof 65.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4204, not illustrated, sold for $310.50

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6019, not plated, unsold

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1530

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1531

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1532

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1533

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7836, not illustrated, sold for $690.00

Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 97, "Overdate", not illustrated, sold for $690.00  From the Pennsylvania Cabinet

Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 98, illustrated, sold for $747.50  From the Pennsylvania Cabinet

NGC Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1345, "1887/6", sold for $402.50

Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1346, "1887/6", sold for $483.00

Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 298, not plated, sold for $345.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1347, sold for $1,495.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5991, not plated, sold for $632.50

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7796, not illustrated, sold for $632.50

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

Obverse of 1887 Three Cents     Reverse of 1887 Three Cents

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles