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.

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: 10/19/2020

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1865 3CN MS
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Base $ 16.50 22.00 24.00 30.00 43.00 60.00 70.00 75.00 90.00 105 125 140 160 250 625 1250 13000 - - -
$ 50.00 - - 80.00 100.00 - - 155 200 400 750 6750 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2335
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: 4/6/2021 1865 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-53245691937192598261698405474573144214---2335
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Total-53245691937192598261698405476576146294---2350
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1865 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12162437506711115519021624827230438142357511381753269944851024917828
13182841558112516619822625628232939547376213432068329464061277518719
000000125166198226256282329395473762134320683294640600
000000140178207237264293355409524950154823833889832700
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 575
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 423
Owner: HunterHGH
 
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