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
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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: 5/5/2015

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1865 3CN MS
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Base $ 14.95 18.00 21.60 30.00 43.00 60.00 68.00 75.00 90.00 127 145 175 270 625 1350 13000 - - -
$ 50.00 - - 83.00 100.00 - 155 200 300 750 6750 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1978
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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9/19/2010 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 19-21, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 60/Lot# 1409 $480.00
9/2/2012 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 3339, 3339/Lot# 1236 $110.00
11/15/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34020 $117.50
4/6/2014 PCGS AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 798, 807/Lot# 739 $70.00
5/18/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131421/Lot# 20064 $211.50
9/7/2014 PCGS VG 10   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 217945 $10.00
4/2/2015 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3528, 6097/Lot# 20066 $376.00


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