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SERIES: Liberty Head Three Cent Nickels 1865-1889
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1881 3CN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
3749
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.94 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
1,077,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$7,619 • PCGS MS67 • 2-1-2005 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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Numismatic
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Relative Rarity
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Relative Rarity
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All Grades 6,000 R-3.8 17 / 23 17 / 23
60 or Better 1,500 R-4.8 21 / 23 TIE 21 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 400 R-6.2 22 / 23 22 / 23
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
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Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
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8 MS66 PCGS grade  
8 MS66 PCGS grade  
8 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1881 Three Cent Nickel has an extremely high mintage for an era when mintages of less than 10,000 coins were common.  With over 1 million coins minted, the 1881 has the seventh highest mintage of the series.  As a result, collectors will have no difficulty locating a nice example of this date at a reasonable price.  The typical Mint State grade is MS-64, with a decreasing but fairly equal distribution of grades on either side.  On the high end, the finest examples certified by PCGS (as of December 2011) are seven MS-67s.