Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 22,200
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94grams
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
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1882 3CN MS obverse 1882 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

After the odd spike in production during 1881, the minting of this denomination returned to its normal post-1876 level. In other words, this date had a very small mintage that was likely produced in a single day or two. It was the Mint's practice to coin a few thousand examples of denominations not needed for circulation simply to supply the demand from collectors of modest means and to suppress unwanted speculation in the proofs.

Most 1882 three-cent pieces were well made, with good overall strikes and nice luster. Some are semi-prooflike from the freshness of unworn dies. The only recurring flaw, one this date had in common with the five-cent piece, was the tendency of numeral 2 to become filled. The example illustrated is typical.

This date is rare in all grades, with the proofs being vastly more common.

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Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1882 3CN MS
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Base $ 104 138 150 210 258 258 300 318 330 348 360 402 450 595 710 1630 3580 10080 - - -
$ 280 330 350 360 380 400 440 500 660 780 1790 3900 10900 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 107
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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10/1/1993 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Long Beach Bullet #108, 108/Lot# 1062 $440.00
4/7/2001 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2001 April Indianapolis, IN (CSNS) Bullet Sale #257, 257/Lot# 215 $603.75
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 230 $431.25
5/14/2006 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2203, 2203/Lot# 1104 $380.80
7/31/2009 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 216 $3,220.00
9/4/2011 PCGS VF 30   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 821 $300.00
11/10/2013 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 146651 $192.50
7/11/2014 NGC F 15   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5417 $152.75


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