Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,801,000
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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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, 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: 7/31/2019

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1866 3CN MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 14.00 18.50 21.00 28.00 47.00 60.00 65.00 70.00 90.00 105 125 130 165 250 650 2200 10000 21000 - -
$ 50.00 - - 80.00 100.00 - - 155 200 310 800 4300 11000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 891
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/3/2019 1866 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-371930953102481-31148180224635211--891
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--------------11141---8
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Total-371930953102481-31148181225645621--899
 -0 %1 %2 %3 %1 %1 %0 %1 %3 %9 %-3 %16 %20 %25 %7 %6 %0 %0 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/12/2002 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22023, 22023/Lot# 15081 $833.75
9/5/2005 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2088, 2088/Lot# 1256 $224.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 503 $184.00
11/11/2012 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/11/2012, 48/Lot# 83435 $26.70
2/9/2014 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 790, 799/Lot# 527 $85.00
5/25/2014 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22119 $111.63
4/26/2015 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131518/Lot# 21070 $89.00
11/9/2015 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 24780 $99.88
10/8/2017 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131742/Lot# 25494 $180.00


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