1881 3CN (Proof)

Series: Liberty Head Three Cent Nickels 1865-1889

PCGS PR68

PCGS PR68

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PCGS PR68

PCGS PR68

PCGS PR68

PCGS PR68

PCGS #:
3777
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Weight:
1.94 grams
Mintage:
3,575
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
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 3,000
60 or Better 2,800
65 or Better 1,500
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.4
60 or Better R-4.4
65 or Better R-4.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 17 / 26 TIE
60 or Better 19 / 26 TIE
65 or Better 19 / 26 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 17 / 26 TIE
60 or Better 19 / 26 TIE
65 or Better 19 / 26 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image 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
#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.