1881 3CN 66 PCGS #3777

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.

PCGS #
3777
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Plain
Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Weight
1.94 grams
Mintage
3575
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
84
Pop Lower
773
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 3000 R-4.4 17 / 26 TIE 17 / 26 TIE
All Grades 2800 R-4.4 19 / 26 TIE 19 / 26 TIE
60 or Better 1500 R-4.8 19 / 26 TIE 19 / 26 TIE
65 or Better 3000
All Grades 2800
60 or Better 1500
65 or Better R-4.4
All Grades R-4.4
60 or Better R-4.8
65 or Better 17 / 26 TIE
All Grades 19 / 26 TIE
60 or Better 19 / 26 TIE
65 or Better 17 / 26 TIE
All Grades 19 / 26 TIE
60 or Better 19 / 26 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR68 PCGS grade PR68 PCGS grade
1 PR68 PCGS grade
1 PR68 PCGS grade
4 PR67 PCGS grade
4 PR67 PCGS grade
PR68 PCGS grade #1 PR68 PCGS grade
#1 PR68 PCGS grade
#1 PR68 PCGS grade
#4 PR67 PCGS grade
#4 PR67 PCGS grade