Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,100
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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1882 3CN PF obverse 1882 3CN PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Proof sales slid a bit for 1882, but this date is still rather common as compared to pieces from the 1860s-70s. The demand is higher than would normally be the case, as the mintage of coins for circulation was quite low. Most date collectors settle for a proof, due to the rarity of MS examples.

The coin illustrated is typical of many proofs from the 1880s in that it has an incomplete strike and less than fully brilliant fields. Numismatists have struggled for a century and more to distinguish prooflike currency strikes from mediocre proofs, as they so often look very much alike. Until fairly recently the prices for both were about the same, but MS coins are now more highly prized for their rarity.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1882 3CN PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - 216 234 270 300 318 375 475 625 850 1270 5530 - -
$ - - - 240 260 300 330 350 410 550 690 950 1400 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1014
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


Upcoming Auctions

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10/13/2014 Proof 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1210/Lot# 7372
10/13/2014 Proof 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1210/Lot# 7371


Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
9/19/2004 PCGS Proof 66   Teletrade Auction 1937, 1937/Lot# 1138 $742.50
9/10/2006 PCGS Proof 66   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1176 $747.50
3/15/2007 PCGS Proof 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2007 ANA Charlotte National Money Show Auction, Presented by Robert Korver #432, 432/Lot# 189 $1,265.00
10/27/2010 PCGS Proof 65   Heritage Auctions 2010 October Stamford Coinfest Signature US Coin Auction #1145, 1145/Lot# 8916 $517.50
10/13/2013 PCGS Proof 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 773, 782/Lot# 1037 $800.00
3/30/2014 PCGS Proof 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 182691 $440.00
4/14/2014 NGC Proof 65   Cameo Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20091 $522.88
7/4/2014 NGC Proof 65   Cameo Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21102 $493.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1882 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base135179234301381479537593633661699725729735745764941125217813122969517343
1491972563274134985556066426737077267317387518231044142822285313122440
000000555606642673707726731738751823104414282228531300
000000574619651686716727733741757882114816042675750400
1882 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20126233342052264471778583787091894995496297499712131586221237691214721699
22128536245456266873980284888692895095696698110691337179427316561153310
0000007398028488869289509569669811069133717942731656100
0000007628198599029389529599709891141146120033250935400
1882 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base314398497615752911100510941159120212621303130913191333136316342097286047191585428278
34243153666080594210341115117312221275130513121323134314531788235134798430199950
0000001034111511731222127513051312132313431453178823513479843000
00000010641137118712421289130713151328135315431942260540991214200
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Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 1416
Owner: BillJones
 
Grade: PF 64
Points: 764
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
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