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: 446
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
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: 8/4/2020 1869 3CN MS
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Base-24414873218441948791414715----446
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Total-24414873218441948791414717----448
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 3CN MS
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Base12162437506712718323026230833636642346364213031969291047931125519555
1318284155871451982402773173463854365228621525228235376947140210
000000145198240277317346385436522862152522823537694700
0000001642142512923263564044495821082174725964165910100
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 262
Owner: Dhibbits
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 67
Owner: bartlesvilleok
 
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