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.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/19/2019

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1883 3CN MS
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Base $ 310 385 490 620 780 1060 1090 1330 1550 1950 2100 2500 3050 5000 10000 20000 33500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 54
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
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: 9/17/2019 1883 3CN MS
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Base--216172-72-1432871---54
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Total--216172-72-1432871---54
 --4 %2 %11 %2 %13 %4 %-13 %4 %-2 %7 %6 %4 %15 %13 %2 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Price
9/14/2008 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 756 $4,830.00
12/13/2009 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 2783, 2783/Lot# 1283 $575.00
6/1/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1156/Lot# 3176 $977.50
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2275 $2,820.00
1/9/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1181/Lot# 3346 $9,400.00
7/21/2013 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 761, 770/Lot# 28 $565.00
2/2/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 168343 $574.95
4/27/2016 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1234/Lot# 7327 $564.00


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