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: 8/31/2015

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1866 3CN MS
Base $ 15.00 18.50 21.00 28.00 43.00 62.00 65.00 75.00 90.00 120 140 170 270 650 2200 13000 21000 - -
$ 50.00 - - 80.00 100.00 - 155 200 310 800 4300 14500 -

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Total Graded: 782
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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8/15/2004 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1922, 1922/Lot# 1047 $209.00
2/2/2012 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1167/Lot# 7725 $109.25
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 503 $184.00
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 182034 $221.10
5/18/2014 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 804, 813/Lot# 10023 $50.00
5/25/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22120 $51.70
6/23/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3487, 6036/Lot# 20099 $51.70

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