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

1881 3CN (Proof)

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PCGS PR68

PCGS PR67+

PCGS PR67+
PCGS #:
3777
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.94 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
3,575
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$7,475 • NGC PR68 • 11-29-2006 • 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 3,000 R-4.4 17 / 26 TIE 17 / 26 TIE
60 or Better 2,800 R-4.4 19 / 26 TIE 19 / 26 TIE
65 or Better 1,500 R-4.8 19 / 26 TIE 19 / 26 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR68 PCGS grade
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
4 PR67 PCGS grade  
4 PR67 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR68 PCGS grade
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
4 PR67 PCGS grade  
4 PR67 PCGS grade  
4 PR67 PCGS grade  
4 PR67 PCGS grade  
4 PR67 PCGS grade  
4 PR67 PCGS grade  
4 PR67 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Proof 1881 Three-Cent Nickels are among the most plentiful of all U.S. Proof coins of the period.  They are not always well-made and they are often confused with Prooflike circulation strikes, but there are still many, many nice examples from which collectors can choose.  Literally hundreds of examples are known in PR64, PR65, and PR66.  PR67 examples are far less common, but they can also be had at levels that can be considered good values.  In PR68, the 1881 Three-Cent Nickel is an extreme condition-rarity and the few examples that survive in that grade are absolutely lovely.

Cameo Proof 1881 Three-Cent Nickels are approximately six times as rare as brilliant, non-Cameos.  Deep Cameo Proofs are exceedingly rare, all of which are in high grade.