Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,801,000
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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1866 3CN MS obverse 1866 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The production of this coin was heavy in 1866, though it fell far short of the previous year's record-holding mintage. Examples are fairly plentiful through MS 64, but true gems are much more scarce.

The usual problems associated with this coin type are often seen for 1866: clashed dies, cracks and irregular striking. The alloy is also subject to toning streaks from incomplete mixing of the constituent metals.

Several varieties are known for this date, and the better ones are attributed by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/18/2015

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1866 3CN MS
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Base $ 15.00 18.50 21.00 28.00 43.00 62.00 65.00 75.00 90.00 105 120 140 170 270 650 2200 10000 21000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 846
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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6/2/2005 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 June Long Beach Signature Auction #376, 376/Lot# 5354 $1,121.25
11/6/2006 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 112, 117/Lot# 287 $161.00
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 278 $195.50
7/18/2010 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2890, 2890/Lot# 1451 $161.00
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 7722 $236.18
1/1/2013 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12196 $1,380.63
11/3/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/03/2013, 99/Lot# 149335 $71.50


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