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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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: 6/18/2013

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1868 3CN MS
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Base $ 14.95 18.00 20.40 27.60 40.80 40.80 61.20 64.80 74.40 96.00 103 120 138 190 265 640 1370 6500 - - -
$ 46.00 69.00 73.00 83.00 108 116 135 155 220 295 700 1510 7000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 550
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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1/12/2015 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1216/Lot# 3464
1/12/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 9409


Auction Prices Realized

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8/31/1998 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1081, 1081/Lot# 1235 $81.75
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 437 $219.00
8/14/2006 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 100, 105/Lot# 55 $115.00
1/3/2011 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 250 $3,536.25
12/9/2012 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/09/2012, 52/Lot# 87762 $36.01
3/10/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131312/Lot# 26034 $152.75
8/10/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131433/Lot# 25018 $146.88


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