Coin Specifications

Category: Nickel Three Cents (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,604,000
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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1869 3CN MS obverse 1869 3CN MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of this date is just half of what it had been for 1868, a clear indication that additional pieces were being made solely to replace those lost through normal attrition and redemption. Mint State examples are moderately scarce, while gems are very elusive.

With its smaller coinage, the 1869 three-cent piece seems to have fewer poorly struck and heavily clashed coins than in previous years. Varieties are more numerous than expected, and the better ones are recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/8/2019

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1869 3CN MS
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Base $ 16.50 20.00 24.00 30.00 47.00 65.00 70.00 82.00 95.00 120 130 170 195 315 875 1900 7800 - - -
$ 50.00 - - 88.00 105 - 140 190 230 350 1050 4950 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 436
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1869 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-24411863217441847781394715----436
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Total-24411863217441847781394717----438
 -0 %1 %1 %3 %2 %1 %1 %0 %4 %10 %0 %2 %11 %18 %32 %11 %4 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
9/6/2009 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2472 $891.25
12/2/2010 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1147/Lot# 7468 $747.50
12/30/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Teletrade Auction 3407, 3407/Lot# 1427 $21.00
10/27/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/27/2013, 98/Lot# 147905 $110.00
4/20/2014 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 800, 809/Lot# 737 $1,825.00
7/6/2014 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 199078 $125.00
3/6/2015 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 73 $3,818.75
3/27/2019 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131914/Lot# 21226 $120.00


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