1881 3CN (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head Three Cent Nickels 1865-1889

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS #:
3749
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Weight:
1.94 grams
Mintage:
1,077,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 6,000
60 or Better 1,500
65 or Better 400
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-3.8
60 or Better R-4.8
65 or Better R-6.2
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 17 / 23
60 or Better 21 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 22 / 23
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 17 / 23
60 or Better 21 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 22 / 23

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
8 MS66 PCGS grade
8 MS66 PCGS grade
8 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#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.