Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 600
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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1868 3CN PF obverse 1868 3CN PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

1868 is a very scarce date in the series of three-cent proofs. Some 600 were included within the silver proof sets of that year, and it appears that few, if any, were sold in addition to that figure.

These coins were well made, resulting in a small but collectable population of Cameo and Ultra Cameo specimens. The low value of these coins until the 1960s weighed against their preservation, and gems are rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/19/2019

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1868 3CN PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 230 280 315 390 500 1150 1850 5400 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 440 590 1280 - - -
1868 3CN PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1600 2800 6100 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 1800 4150 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 280
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1868 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1813696322----176
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Total------------1813696322----176
 ------------1%5%7%39%36%13%---- 
1868 3CN PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1616332212---90
----------------251---8
---------------3-11---5
-----------------2----2
Total-------------1619353014---105
 -------------1%6%18%33%29%13%--- 
1868 3CN PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1346---14
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Total---------------1346---14
 ---------------7%21%29%43%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 3CN PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base119159209268342431484537575600635659735861997134522332807375359971906934527
13217522829237144850154958361164368477790611131641242431224501103542422136253
000000501549583611643684777906111316412424312245011035400
000000519562591623651709819951122919372615343752491471100
1868 3CN PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base194255323409510629701768818851898930102811901363179928853582470067212355242513
2142773514425496537237848298669089621082124715082161311739545373123312987244639
00000072378482986690896210821247150821613117395453731233100
00000074580184088291999511361305165325233349432760471794100
1868 3CN PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base76106139186241311351392420442469489551653764105117992294310850781561928336
86117154204264324364401427451475509585690859130019642565376485911985829753
0000003644014274514755095856908591300196425653764859100
00000037841043446048253061972795515492129283644211210500
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Grade: PF 66 CAMEO
Points: 2807
Owner: mania
 
Grade: PF 65 CA
Points: 2233
Owner: McLaughlin
 
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