Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (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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Last Updated: 4/21/2016

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1882 3CN PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - 210 215 225 250 280 375 455 600 800 1325 5500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 410 500 650 900 1525 6500
1882 3CN PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7800

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1022
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 65
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/22/1997 PCGS PF 64   Teletrade Auction 1008, 1008/Lot# 1138 $239.80
2/20/2005 PCGS PF 66   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 996 $747.50
2/27/2006 NGC PF 67   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 76, 81/Lot# 155 $1,495.00
1/1/2013 NGC PF 66   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12203 $675.63
3/2/2014 NGC PF 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 144817 $552.32
4/27/2016 NGC PF 63   Ultra Cameo Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1234/Lot# 7346 $352.50
6/11/2017 PCGS PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131725/Lot# 25353 $481.75


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 67 CAMEO
Points: 2212
Owner: Fred R
 
Grade: PF 66
Points: 1252
Owner: tom7422
 
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