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

1882 3CN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS66

PCGS AU55
PCGS #:
3750
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.94 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
22,200
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$14,950 • PCGS MS67 • 6-2-2005 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 600 R-5.8 3 / 23 TIE 3 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 6 / 23 6 / 23
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 6 / 23 TIE 6 / 23 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1882 Three-Cent Nickel is a scarce, low-mintage issue that is difficult to locate in any condition, even in grades as low as Good.  In fact, it would seem that more Proof examples have survived than Mint State versions, which is the opposite of the vast majority of U.S. coins.

Among the 84 Mint State examples certified by PCGS (as of September 2012), the most "common" grade is MS-64.  The finest examples are eight MS-67s (which gives several people an opportunity to own a Top-Pop coin).