Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,801,000
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94grams
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1866 3CN MS obverse 1866 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The production of this coin was heavy in 1866, though it fell far short of the previous year's record-holding mintage. Examples are fairly plentiful through MS 64, but true gems are much more scarce.

The usual problems associated with this coin type are often seen for 1866: clashed dies (photos), cracks and irregular striking. The alloy is also subject to toning streaks from incomplete mixing of the constituent metals.

Several varieties are known for this date, and the better ones are attributed by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2013

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1866 3CN MS
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Base $ 14.95 18.00 20.40 27.60 40.80 40.80 61.20 64.80 72.00 85.20 102 115 144 175 270 600 2080 9690 17550 - -
$ 46.00 69.00 73.00 81.00 95.00 113 129 161 200 310 660 2290 10500 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 748
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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8/24/2003 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1769, 1769/Lot# 1039 $220.00
11/7/2003 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Signature Sale #334, 334/Lot# 5496 $632.50
2/23/2005 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 4002 $12,218.75
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 278 $195.50
9/6/2010 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 512, 519/Lot# 91 $580.75
12/1/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 155632 $13.50
6/9/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20131 $51.70
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3227 $9,988.68


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