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: 6/18/2013

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1865 3CN MS
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Base $ 14.95 18.00 21.60 30.00 40.80 60.00 67.20 74.40 90.00 126 144 175 270 575 1500 12160 - - -
$ 46.00 67.00 75.00 83.00 101 141 161 200 300 630 1650 13100 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1977
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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3/6/1996 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0821, 821/Lot# 284 $87.20
1/17/2005 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2005 Fort Lauderdale, FL (FUN) Bullet Sale #361, 361/Lot# 439 $500.25
6/2/2005 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 June Long Beach Signature Auction #376, 376/Lot# 5350 $862.50
12/12/2005 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 December Dallas Signature Auction #398, 398/Lot# 235 $2,070.00
5/24/2009 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 386 $891.25
9/16/2012 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/16/2012, 40/Lot# 74485 $62.70
11/17/2013 PCGS MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 778, 787/Lot# 24 $525.00
6/3/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3622 $37.60


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