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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1882 3CN MS
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Total Graded: 113
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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10/1/1993 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Long Beach Bullet #108, 108/Lot# 1062 $440.00
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 230 $431.25
9/4/2011 PCGS VF 30   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 821 $300.00
11/6/2011 PCGS F 12   Teletrade Auction 3167, 3167/Lot# 1513 $140.00
12/18/2011 NGC VG 8   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131152/Lot# 26107 $138.00
11/10/2013 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 146651 $192.50
11/15/2013 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34035 $258.50
7/11/2014 NGC F 15   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5417 $152.75

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