Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,801,000
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94g
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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 (photos), 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: 820
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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10/5/2016 MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1240/Lot# 3037


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7/26/1994 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 1994 ANA Bullet Sale #121, 121/Lot# 57 $1,100.00
9/13/2000 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20093, 20093/Lot# 3116 $525.00
5/31/2004 NGC MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 456 $661.00
4/25/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 218 $103.50
11/9/2010 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10367 $161.00
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1151/Lot# 9700 $464.60
10/3/2011 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3148, 3148/Lot# 1208 $65.00
9/16/2012 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/16/2012, 40/Lot# 73837 $86.16


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