Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,000
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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1883 3CN MS obverse 1883 3CN MS reverse
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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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Last Updated: 3/13/2020

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1883 3CN MS
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Base $ 310 370 455 585 620 1060 1090 1330 1575 1950 2100 2425 3050 5000 10000 20000 33500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 57
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/30/2020 1883 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--227172-72-1432872---57
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Total--227172-72-1442872---58
 --3%3%12%2%12%3%-12%3%-2%7%7%3%14%12%3%--- 

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