Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 11,382,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.9400g
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
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1865 3CN MS obverse 1865 3CN MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This coin debuted in 1865 as a replacement for the despised three-cent fractional currency notes, themselves replacements for the hoarded silver three-cent pieces. Due to the urgency of retiring the notes, minting of this coin was very heavy before year's end. 1865 is a common date in all grades short of gem Mint State.

The copper-nickel alloy was hard on dies, with the result that a great many 1865 pieces are seen with multiple die-clash impressions, die cracks and small cuds. The challenge to the collector will be to find an example which is free of such distractions. The piece illustrated is more fully struck than most, but it reveals an inverted outline of Liberty on its reverse from die clashing.

With so many dies need for such a large production, both repunched dates and doubled-dies are numerous and highly collectable. The best of these are recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/31/2019

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1865 3CN MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 14.00 18.50 22.00 30.00 47.00 60.00 70.00 75.00 90.00 105 125 130 160 250 625 1250 12100 - - -
$ 50.00 - - 83.00 100.00 - - 155 200 400 750 6750 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2251
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1865 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-42841621635172488245692396467565141213---2251
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Total-42841621635172488245692396469567143293---2265
 -0 %1 %2 %3 %1 %2 %1 %1 %4 %11 %0 %4 %17 %21 %25 %6 %1 %0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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6/4/1997 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0951, 951/Lot# 1145 $185.30
2/24/1999 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1136, 1136/Lot# 1157 $98.10
6/10/2000 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2000 June Long Beach Signature Sale #230, 230/Lot# 7075 $172.50
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1150 $299.00
11/30/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 432, 438/Lot# 91 $437.00
6/23/2014 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3487, 6036/Lot# 20098 $68.15
9/7/2014 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 152897 $90.00


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