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: 778
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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5/24/1999 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1167, 1167/Lot# 1189 $103.55
6/9/2002 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2002 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #293, 293/Lot# 285 $71.30
5/31/2004 NGC MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 456 $661.00
6/2/2005 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 June Long Beach Signature Auction #376, 376/Lot# 5354 $1,121.25
6/11/2007 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 149, 154/Lot# 632 $80.50
11/9/2010 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10367 $161.00
10/14/2012 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131243/Lot# 22061 $79.00
12/1/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 154865 $95.70
4/22/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1219/Lot# 3485 $3,290.00

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