Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 22,200
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.9400g
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: 4/24/2020

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1882 3CN MS
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Base $ 145 165 190 247 300 335 365 375 385 400 435 480 650 1060 1855 4750 12500 - - -
$ - - - - - - 445 530 700 1100 2100 6500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 136
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/7/2020 1882 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--172912133758-537158112---136
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Total--172912133758-537159112---137
 --1%5%21%9%9%2%5%4%6%-4%2%5%11%7%8%1%--- 

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