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Coins Certified as of 6/26

My Coin #06679733

1881 3CN PR68

CERTIFICATION#: 06679733
PCGS#: 3777

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

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.

Diameter: 17.90 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 3,575 Weight: 1.94 grams Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel

Rarity and Survival Estimates

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

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