Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,000
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94grams
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1883 3CN MS obverse 1883 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Proof that the three-cent piece was obsolete in all respects but the law may be found in this year's miniscule mintage. The heavy wear seen on earlier dates suggests that coins of this type did continue to circulate for years afterward, but the need to produce additional pieces really ended in the mid-1870s.

With such a low mintage it's not surprising that no varieties are known. A single pair of dies could have produced the 4,000 pieces dated 1883, and the entire production probably represents less than a day's work at the press.

This date is quite scarce in all grades, with gems being very rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1883 3CN MS
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Base $ 168 193 240 300 420 420 510 570 660 720 840 1110 1890 2220 3470 7560 16580 28280 - - -
$ 460 560 630 730 790 920 1220 2080 2440 3700 8200 17900 30500 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 47
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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9/21/2005 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 September Long Beach Signature Auction #384, 384/Lot# 1323 $16,100.00
9/14/2008 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 756 $4,830.00
12/13/2009 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 2783, 2783/Lot# 1283 $575.00
7/12/2012 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1172/Lot# 3290 $2,530.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1076 $2,530.00
12/8/2013 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 781, 790/Lot# 780 $1,112.00
2/2/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 168343 $574.95
6/29/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 203149 $775.00


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