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Introduce myself - new poster- 3 Cn Nickel

I wanted to say that I am a long time reader but new poster to the threads. I have learned an incredible amount about the hobby by reading the boards and the wealth of knowledge that exists here. My wife and I both love the hobby although she loves the currency side where as I am in love with the coins.
I am a novice with regards to this hobby but try to learn more with each passing day. We have built to date a few nice sets and before we start a set try to research as much as possible about the set, and of course I co e here and try to find various threads on the sets if they exist so I can understand what obstacles the set presents or challenges with certain dates. The latest set we decided to build happened as we were on a trip and saw in an antique store this old battered 1867 3cn nickel. We started reading about the coins and we decided that would be a nice set to sink our teeth in. I have noticed that the 1876 and the 1885 seem to be difficult to acquire and do not come up for auction in an MS grade often. Are any of the fellow board
Members knowledgeable with the 3 cn nickel and can offer any insight regarding that coin?
I wanted to just take this opportunity to say hello to all of my fellow hobbyists and I am being very sincere when I say thank you for the wealth of knowledge you bring and share on this forum.
I recently acquired this coin for the 3cn nickel date set we are building, I thought I would share it with you as a way to say hello.


  • TomBTomB Posts: 20,614 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Howdy and welcome.

    I have no special knowledge regarding this series other than as its use in a type set. However, there are no doubt folks who could tell you tons of tidbits about the coins. The coin you attached looks absolutely wonderful. Good luck with your set and collection and good luck to your wife with currency.

    Thomas Bush Numismatics & Numismatic Photography

    In honor of the memory of Cpl. Michael E. Thompson

  • alaura22alaura22 Posts: 2,485 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome to the boards Scott

  • lcutlerlcutler Posts: 490 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 28, 2024 1:29AM

    1885 was extremely low mintage and very hard, and pricey, to come by. The proof 1885 is much more available and some go that route. I really like the three cent nickel and thought about doing a set myself but can see the 1885 may be a stopper, I personally wouldn't want a proof in a business strike set.

  • 1946Hamm1946Hamm Posts: 757 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome to the forum. I put a set together from around 1995-2004 and have both proof and MS since some dates are proof only and others were cost preventive in MS. They make a nice set. Have fun building the set.

    Have a good day, Gary
  • CatbertCatbert Posts: 6,493 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome and we’re glad you’re here and introduced us to your project!

    "Got a flaming heart, can't get my fill"
  • LuxorLuxor Posts: 398 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome to the forum!

    Your hobby is supposed to be your therapy, not the reason you need it.

  • Morgan13Morgan13 Posts: 727 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome to the forums. Looks like you've got a head start for a new member.
    I really enjoyed admiring your coins.

    Student of numismatics and collector of Morgan dollars

  • goldengolden Posts: 8,965 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome aboard.

  • ScarsdaleCoinScarsdaleCoin Posts: 5,173 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome and feel free to reach out via email if I can help.

    Jon Lerner - Scarsdale Coin - www.CoinHelp.com
  • AUandAGAUandAG Posts: 24,490 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 28, 2024 2:18PM

    Registry: CC lowballs (boblindstrom), [email protected]
  • RayboRaybo Posts: 5,270 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I actually love the series but bailed on it to complete my 2 Cent piece set.

  • jesbrokenjesbroken Posts: 9,042 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome to your forum for your hobby. Hopefully you will share both your knowledge and your lack of such with us. It appears that you are already fully aware of the expense of attempting an uncirculated set, as with only 4,000 1883 MS coins struck, it is one of the more expensive pieces in MS65. Beautiful coin by the way. You will enjoy your endeavor and unlike most beginning collectors I hope you will study and be patient and endeavor to collect the harder specimens first(as funds permit) as you can more easily obtain the more abundant less valuable coins. I wish you and your wife the best and hopefully you will find others with far more knowledge to assist you. Again, you have made a most admirable start.

    When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either quit being mistaken or cease to be honest....Abraham Lincoln

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  • retirednowretirednow Posts: 443 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think you will enjoy collecting 3CN's. I did assemble a Proof / Cameo set and enjoyed doing it over the years. Since completing (less 1 piece) , I did sell it at auction last year. I had chosen the Proofs as I just loved the the way proof's look with the Liberty Coronet Motif against the proof fields. The shorter series of 3CN Proofs make it a little more achievable even with the the rarer pieces.

    As a pattern collector I found it interesting that the 3CN Motif was tried in very wide variety of denominations (much like the beloved Seated Liberty design). As you read more you can see that this design was considered when the Government was considering to standardize design for the small denomination ( 1C/ 3C /5C ) in 1868.

    Enjoy .. looking forward to see how you make out with the collecting goals

  • crazyhounddogcrazyhounddog Posts: 13,762 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hello and welcome😊

    The bitterness of "Poor Quality" is remembered long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.
  • ashelandasheland Posts: 22,571 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome to the forums!
    Great coin!

  • HillbillyCollectorHillbillyCollector Posts: 487 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I’ve been here exactly 1 year! Hope your experience is more positive than mine as I’m decidedly poorer than when I first started!😉

  • calgolddivercalgolddiver Posts: 1,379 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 30, 2024 9:52AM

    Welcome !! Nice start to your set. Lots of great examples are available so be patient. Here is my example from my type set PR66

    Top 25 Type Set 1792 to present

    Top 10 Cal Fractional Type Set

    successful BST with Ankurj, BigAl, Bullsitter, CommemKing, DCW(7), Elmerfusterpuck, Joelewis, Mach1ne, Minuteman810430, Modcrewman, Nankraut, Nederveit2, Philographer(5), Realgator, Silverpop, SurfinxHI, TomB and Yorkshireman(3)

  • marcmoishmarcmoish Posts: 6,159 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 30, 2024 11:24PM

    Nice 3C, my wife also loves currency, what can I say. Enjoy the forum!

  • WAYNEASWAYNEAS Posts: 6,270 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sorry that I did not welcome you in our prior converstions so to you and your wife, welcome aboard.

    Kennedys are my quest...

  • CoinlearnerCoinlearner Posts: 2,459 ✭✭✭✭

    To the forum :)

  • NeophyteNumismatistNeophyteNumismatist Posts: 853 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Welcome to the forum, and thanks for posting. 3CN are not my specialty, but I think your coin is attractive. I like the 3CN and think it's underrated. Keep us posted on the progress.

    I am a newer collector (started April 2020), and I primarily focus on U.S. Half Cents and Type Coins. Early copper is my favorite.

  • LukeMarshallLukeMarshall Posts: 1,883 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Hi and thank you for sharing.

    I wish you and yours best of luck with the set... keep us posted on the progress and the next venture!

    It's all about what the people want...

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