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
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1883 3CN MS obverse 1883 3CN MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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
Base $ 168 193 240 300 420 510 570 660 720 1110 1890 2220 3470 7560 16580 28280 - - -
$ 460 560 630 730 790 1220 2080 2440 3700 8200 17900 30500 -

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Total Graded: 48
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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6/2/2005 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 June Long Beach Signature Auction #376, 376/Lot# 5382 $14,950.00
9/14/2008 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 756 $4,830.00
6/1/2011 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1156/Lot# 3175 $1,092.50
3/4/2012 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3235, 3235/Lot# 1218 $632.50
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2275 $2,820.00
7/21/2013 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 761, 770/Lot# 28 $565.00
2/2/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 168343 $574.95

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