Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (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: 6/30/2015

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1882 3CN MS
Base $ 135 155 180 225 300 335 365 375 385 400 435 480 650 975 1650 4750 12500 - - -
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Total Graded: 125
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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11/18/1999 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1999 Santa Clara Signature Sale #213, 213/Lot# 6355 $701.50
10/10/2004 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1946, 1946/Lot# 1087 $467.50
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 230 $431.25
9/4/2011 PCGS VF 30   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 821 $300.00
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1793 $862.50
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1175/Lot# 3365 $4,993.75
11/10/2013 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/10/2013, 100/Lot# 146651 $192.50
10/4/2015 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131541/Lot# 23061 $164.50

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