Three Cent Nickel Mintages

The Three Cent Nickel Pieces were produced from 1865 to 1889, with all pieces struck at the Philadelphia Mint. The nickel version of the three cent denomination had been introduced due to the hoarding of the silver counterpart during the years of the Civil War.

The first year of issue marked the highest mintage of the series at 11,382,000 pieces. The mintage level would experience a gradual decline in the following years, although production levels remained above one million pieces until 1870. By 1877, the use of the denomination within commerce had declined to such an extent that additional circulation strikes were not necessary. As a result, the coins were struck in proof format only from 1877 to 1878.

After this point, production levels for circulation strikes would number in the low thousands with the exception of a spike in production in 1881 to more than a million pieces. The 1885 Three Cent Nickel marked the mintage low for a circulation strike of the series at just 1,000 pieces.

Date Mintage
1865 11,382,000
1866 4,801,000
1867 3,915,000
1868 3,252,000
1869 1,604,000
1870 1,335,000
1871 604,000
1872 862,000
1873, Close 3 390,000
1873, Open 3 783,000
1874 790,000
1875 228,000
1876 162,000
1877 Proof Only
1878 Proof Only
1879 38,000
1880 21,000
1881 1,077,000
1882 22,200
1883 4,000
1884 1,700
1885 1,000
1886 Proof Only
1887 5,001
1888 36,501
1889 18,125