Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,252,000
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94grams
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1868 3CN MS obverse 1868 3CN MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

The mintage of this coin type continued its slow but steady slide in 1868. Examples of this date are common in worn condition, but Mint State pieces are relatively scarce, with gems being rare.

The coin illustrated reveals prominent die-clash impressions on both sides. The polished out leaves and ribbons suggest that the die was subsequent lapped to reduce the clash marks.

A very minor doubled-die reverse is illustrated in the book by Kevin Flynn and Edward Fletcher, along with an equally unexciting repunched date, but this issue is otherwise not noted for varieties.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/5/2015

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1868 3CN MS
Base $ 14.95 18.00 20.40 27.60 43.00 61.50 67.00 75.00 95.00 120 140 190 265 650 1440 8000 - - -
$ 50.00 - - 83.00 - - 155 220 295 775 2350 - -

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Total Graded: 558
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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4/24/1996 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0835, 835/Lot# 252 $152.60
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 437 $219.00
11/4/2004 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 November Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #358, 358/Lot# 5736 $1,265.00
6/29/2005 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 June New York, NY Signature Auction #380, 380/Lot# 5206 $1,380.00
1/8/2007 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 121, 126/Lot# 379 $218.50
1/3/2011 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 250 $3,536.25
3/18/2013 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 3422, 3422/Lot# 1204 $110.00
7/13/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/13/2014, 203/Lot# 206103 $35.40

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