Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,100
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 PF obverse 1882 3CN PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Proof sales slid a bit for 1882, but this date is still rather common as compared to pieces from the 1860s-70s. The demand is higher than would normally be the case, as the mintage of coins for circulation was quite low. Most date collectors settle for a proof, due to the rarity of MS examples.

The coin illustrated is typical of many proofs from the 1880s in that it has an incomplete strike and less than fully brilliant fields. Numismatists have struggled for a century and more to distinguish prooflike currency strikes from mediocre proofs, as they so often look very much alike. Until fairly recently the prices for both were about the same, but MS coins are now more highly prized for their rarity.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1882 3CN PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - 210 215 225 250 260 360 425 540 680 1170 5500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 400 475 650 900 1530 6500
1882 3CN PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 385 450 610 860 1600 8500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 515 - 920 3350 9450
1882 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4375 8750 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1042
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1882 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------111292537175296266598--880
----------------156---12
----------------231---6
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Total--------111292537175299274668--898
 --------0 %0 %0 %0 %1 %3 %4 %19 %33 %31 %7 %1 %-- 
1882 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------5193854394--159
------------------1---1
---------------1-431--9
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Total--------------5203858435--169
 --------------3 %12 %22 %34 %25 %3 %-- 
1882 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1--2----3
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Total--------------1--2----3
 --------------33 %--67 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/15/1997 PCGS PF 63   Teletrade Auction 0989, 989/Lot# 1157 $261.60
2/27/2006 NGC PF 67   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 76, 81/Lot# 155 $1,495.00
7/8/2010 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2010 July Orlando, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1142, 1142/Lot# 3244 $747.50
1/30/2011 PCGS PF 63   Cameo Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1231 $356.50
1/1/2013 NGC PF 66   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12203 $675.63
1/8/2014 PCGS PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 8407 $881.25
8/31/2014 PCGS PF 67   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 211357 $1,400.00
9/17/2017 PCGS PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131739/Lot# 27067 $408.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1882 3CN PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20126233342052264471778583787091894995496297499712131586221237691214721699
22128536245456266873980284888692895095696698110691337179427316561153310
0000007398028488869289509569669811069133717942731656100
0000007628198599029389529599709891141146120033250935400
1882 3CN PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base314398497615752911100510941159120212621303130913191333136316342097286047191585428278
34243153666080594210341115117312221275130513121323134314531788235134798430199950
0000001034111511731222127513051312132313431453178823513479843000
00000010641137118712421289130713151328135315431942260540991214200
1882 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base135179234301381479537593633661699725729735745764941125217813122969517343
1491972563274134985556066426737077267317387518231044142822285313122440
000000555606642673707726731738751823104414282228531300
000000574619651686716727733741757882114816042675750400
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Grade: PF 65
Points: 941
Owner: souderdude
 
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