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: 6/30/2015

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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 2050 13000 21000 - -
$ 50.00 - - 80.00 100.00 - 155 200 310 800 4300 - -

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

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9/6/1999 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1207, 1207/Lot# 1089 $92.65
4/7/2001 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2001 April Indianapolis, IN (CSNS) Bullet Sale #257, 257/Lot# 206 $126.50
5/31/2004 NGC MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 456 $661.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24297 $127.65
10/6/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 772, 781/Lot# 537 $250.00
12/1/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 155629 $17.00
12/1/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 154865 $95.70

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