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

1884 3CN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65

PCGS XF45
PCGS #:
3752
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.94 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
1,700
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$29,900 • NGC MS66 • 4-27-2011 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 150 R-7.5 1 / 23 1 / 23
60 or Better 30 R-8.9 1 / 23 1 / 23
65 or Better 12 R-9.5 1 / 23 1 / 23
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  
10 MS64 PCGS grade  

Bernard Hamburger Collection -
Heritage 8/2011:7045, $11,672.50

Ron Guth: The 1884 Three-Cent Nickel has the second lowest circulation-strike mintage of any date in the series (second only to the 1885).  Even better, it has the fewest number of Mint State examples of any date in the PCGS Population Report...by far. 

PCGS has certified only 39 1884 Three-Cent Nickels in all grades, compared to 85 for the 1885.  MS-64 and MS-65 are the most populous Mint State grades (though only 2 of each can hardly be considered momentous).  The finest example certified by PCGS is a single PCGS MS67.  Circulated examples can be found in a wide range of grades between VF-20 and AU-58.

Beware of Proofs masquerading as Mint State examples...sometimes they are hard to tell apart, and the Proofs are worth much less than the Mint State versions.