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
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
Link to this coin

1883 3CN MS obverse 1883 3CN MS reverse

Expand All    Collapse All


There are no 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.


Loading... Working...

Use the scroll bar at the bottom of this box to view a summary of the NGC Price Guide, NGC Census, Auction Prices Realized and NGC Registry Scores for each grade.

There was no data found for this Coin.

Select Designation


Select Grade

*To view the Census details for this coin, please sign in or sign up.

Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

Click on a price to see historical prices, comparison charts and trends.

1883 3CN MS
Base $ 168 193 240 300 420 420 510 570 660 720 840 1110 1890 2220 3470 7560 16580 28280 - - -
$ 460 560 630 730 790 920 1220 2080 2440 3700 8200 17900 30500 -
NGC Price and Value Guides Disclaimer



Total Graded: 47
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

Upcoming Auctions

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Auction House
Sale / Lot
11/4/2004 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2004 November Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #358, 358/Lot# 5746 $1,035.00
9/14/2008 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 756 $4,830.00
9/11/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131138/Lot# 28780 $747.50
3/4/2012 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3235, 3235/Lot# 1218 $632.50
10/18/2012 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1175/Lot# 3367 $9,987.50
12/8/2013 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 781, 790/Lot# 780 $1,112.00
9/7/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 203149 $725.00
10/12/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 211159 $750.00
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 4035 $1,880.00

NGC Registry

Related Articles

There are no related articles for this coin.

NGC Auction Central Disclaimer