James Barton Longacre
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
1889 was the last year for the Three-Cent Nickel (and for the entire denomination, as well). For their swan song, the mint produced just over 18,000 Three-Cent Nickels, enough to supply both commercial and collector demand. Numerous high-grade examples were set aside by collectors, resulting in a Condition Census today that consists entirely of MS67 examples. The most desirable examples that combine spot-free surfaces with intense luster, a bold strike, and a hint of colorful toning.