Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 11,382,000
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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1865 3CN MS obverse 1865 3CN MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This coin debuted in 1865 as a replacement for the despised three-cent fractional currency notes, themselves replacements for the hoarded silver three-cent pieces. Due to the urgency of retiring the notes, minting of this coin was very heavy before year's end. 1865 is a common date in all grades short of gem Mint State.

The copper-nickel alloy was hard on dies, with the result that a great many 1865 pieces are seen with multiple die-clash impressions, die cracks and small cuds. The challenge to the collector will be to find an example which is free of such distractions. The piece illustrated is more fully struck than most, but it reveals an inverted outline of Liberty on its reverse from die clashing.

With so many dies need for such a large production, both repunched dates and doubled-dies are numerous and highly collectable. The best of these are recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/30/2015

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1865 3CN MS
Base $ 15.00 18.50 22.00 30.00 43.00 60.00 68.00 75.00 90.00 120 140 170 270 625 1250 13000 - - -
$ 50.00 - - 83.00 100.00 - 155 200 400 750 6750 - -

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Total Graded: 2009
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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11/30/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 432, 438/Lot# 91 $437.00
1/31/2010 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 897 $207.00
3/18/2012 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 3243, 3243/Lot# 1360 $109.25
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24295 $254.15
10/14/2012 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131243/Lot# 22673 $99.88
3/24/2013 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/24/2013, 67/Lot# 105393 $22.00
5/19/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/19/2013, 75/Lot# 115875 $101.20

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