Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 11,382,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.9400g
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
Link to this coin

1865 3CN MS obverse 1865 3CN MS reverse


  
Expand All    Collapse All

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.

GRADE SUMMARY

Loading... Working...

Use the scroll bar at the bottom of this box to view a summary of the NGC Price Guide, NGC Census, Auction Prices Realized and NGC Registry Scores for each grade.

There was no data found for this Coin.

Select Designation

 
NGC PRICE GUIDE
NGC CENSUS*
AUCTION PRICES REALIZED
NGC REGISTRY
SCORE
FIND IT ON EBAY

Select Grade

*To view the Census details for this coin, please sign in or sign up.

Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/30/2015

Click on a price to see historical prices, comparison charts and trends.

1865 3CN MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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 - -

NGC Price and Value Guides Disclaimer

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2139
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


Upcoming Auctions


Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/10/1998 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1998 F.U.N. Signature Sale #181, 181/Lot# 6528 $10,350.00
10/11/2004 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1947, 1947/Lot# 1114 $231.00
5/27/2012 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 502 $97.75
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24296 $179.40
10/20/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131344/Lot# 20036 $217.38
2/2/2014 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 169140 $46.00
5/11/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 803, 812/Lot# 554 $226.00
1/8/2017 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131703/Lot# 25036 $217.38


NGC Registry

Related Articles

There are no related articles for this coin.

NGC Auction Central Disclaimer