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
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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: 3/30/2015

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1866 3CN MS
Base $ 14.95 18.00 20.40 27.60 40.80 61.20 64.80 72.00 85.20 115 144 175 270 600 2080 13000 19000 - -
$ 46.00 69.00 73.00 81.00 95.00 129 161 200 310 660 4800 - -

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Total Graded: 777
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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2/23/2005 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 5692 $1,897.50
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 278 $195.50
10/3/2011 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3148, 3148/Lot# 1208 $65.00
7/12/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7529 $138.00
10/6/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 772, 781/Lot# 537 $250.00
12/1/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 154865 $95.70
5/25/2014 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22119 $111.63

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