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: 2/8/2019

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1883 3CN MS
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Base $ 260 315 420 480 675 1075 1200 1350 1550 1950 2100 2500 3050 5000 11000 20000 33500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 56
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/2/2021 1883 3CN MS
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Base--227172-72-1432871---56
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Total--227172-72-1442871---57
 --4%4%12%2%12%4%-12%4%-2%7%7%4%14%12%2%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1883 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base22028536045356364268472576679383185694111241357192831943817469473171951932695
2413103914895896566977387758058398841002120115472350340141095568113842391134330
00000069773877580583988410021201154723503401410955681138400
00000071175278481884791210631279173727723609440164421545100
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