Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,000
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94g
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/30/2015

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Total Graded: 51
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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9/14/2008 NGC MS 65   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 756 $4,830.00
4/22/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3263, 3263/Lot# 1256 $250.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1076 $2,530.00
10/18/2012 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1175/Lot# 3367 $9,987.50
12/8/2013 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 781, 790/Lot# 780 $1,112.00
6/29/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 203149 $775.00
9/7/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 203149 $725.00
10/27/2014 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98128 $25,850.00
8/10/2016 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(6), 1238/Lot# 7273 $881.25

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