1888 Nickel Three-Cent Piece. MS-67 (PCGS). Dusted with iridescent champagne-apricot toning, this gorgeous Superb Gem nickel three-cent piece is enhanced by full, frosty mint luster. The strike is razor sharp with full detail throughout the design. In 1888, 36,501 nickel three-cent pieces were struck for commercial use even though by that time the denomination saw very little use in commerce. The next year proved to be the coins last year of issue and examples soon disappeared from circulation entirely. Most 1888 three-cent nickel pieces are in Mint State or very close to it, making this an especially desirable issue for type collectors seeking choice examples of the denomination that is not from the high mintage dates of the early years of the series. In addition, the 1888 as an issue was generally well struck with crisp details, permitting the numismatist with an eye for quality to select just the right example. This Superb Gem will be at home in the finest of cabinets. From the D. Brent Pogue Collection. Earlier from Heritages Fort Worth ANA Signature Auction of March 2010, lot 360.