Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 11,382,000
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94g
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. The piece illustrated is more fully struck than most, but it reveals an inverted outline of Liberty on its reverse from die clashing.

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: 6/30/2015

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1865 3CN MS
Base $ 15.00 18.50 22.00 30.00 43.00 60.00 68.00 75.00 90.00 105 120 140 170 270 625 1250 13000 - - -
$ 50.00 - - 83.00 100.00 - - 155 200 400 750 6750 - -

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Total Graded: 2089
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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8/8/2004 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1919, 1919/Lot# 1079 $550.00
6/11/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 383, 389/Lot# 8235 $184.00
6/1/2011 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1156/Lot# 7537 $460.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 502 $97.75
5/25/2014 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22118 $64.63
7/27/2014 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/27/2014, 201/Lot# 203610 $52.25
6/5/2016 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131624/Lot# 23073 $470.00

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