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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/19/2020

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1882 3CN MS
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Base $ 135 155 180 245 300 335 365 375 385 400 435 480 650 975 1650 4750 12500 - - -
$ - - - - - - 445 530 700 1100 2100 6500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 142
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

The chart showing VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1882 3CN MS
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Base--183213133758-538158112---142
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Total--183213133758-538159112---143
 --1%6%22%9%9%2%5%3%6%-3%2%6%10%6%8%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1882 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base98131171223288336381423497544611653705793891104415472335340655051308822032
109144188244304351395447512566625670734825942121118092692410580321606923134
0000003954475125666256707348259421211180926924105803200
00000040947252858863968776385899313792072304948051056000
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 891
Owner: McKown Collection
 
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