Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,575
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94 grams
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1881 3CN PF obverse 1881 3CN PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is the only date in the 1880s for which the demand is limited to actual collectors of proofs. The abundance of currency strikes for this date alone applies no price pressure on the proofs.

This is another fairly common entry in the proof series, with a generous mintage that left many unsold pieces at the end of the year. Philadelphia coin dealers were known to visit the mint early in each year to buy up these unsold remainders at face value, accounting for the hoards which surfaced years later. Gems are readily available for a price, though true cameo examples are in the minority.

The coin illustrated displays an obviously repunched date, yet there is little or no premium attached to such varieties when found on proofs.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1881 3CN PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 186 204 240 276 350 425 575 810 1270 5330 - -
$ - - - - 208 220 260 300 390 470 630 890 1400 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 983
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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5/16/2004 NGC PF 66   Ultra Cameo Teletrade Auction 1883, 1883/Lot# 1023 $907.50
5/31/2004 PCGS PF 65   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 443 $448.50
10/25/2004 NGC PF 66   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #17, 21/Lot# 99 $718.75
11/29/2006 NGC PF 68   Heritage Auctions 2006 November Dallas Signature Coin Auction #420, 420/Lot# 289 $7,475.00
4/27/2011 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(2), 1154/Lot# 4365 $690.00
10/18/2012 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 7759 $705.00
11/10/2013 PCGS PF 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 148634 $117.27
4/1/2014 PCGS PF 66   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7451 $599.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base76102135179234301342381409429458477539631725764941125217813122959417251
841131491972563143553904154384644975696627388231044142822285279121460
000000355390415438464497569662738823104414282228527900
000000368399422448470518600693751882114816042675743600
1881 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11515120125833341847152255858461864272183594999712131586221237691202821591
12716722028336143548853456659562666875987396510691337179427316522152150
0000004885345665956266687598739651069133717942731652200
0000005055465756066346947979119811141146120033250927500
1881 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base190244314398497613684751800831877908101011561303136316342097286047191571028146
20826734243153563670676781084688794210581205132314531788235134798382198550
0000007067678108468879421058120513231453178823513479838200
00000072878382086189797611071254134315431942260540991204600
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Grade: PF 67 CAMEO
Points: 2731
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
 
Grade: PF 67 CAMEO
Points: 2731
Owner: dsgill
 
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