Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,252,000
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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1868 3CN MS obverse 1868 3CN MS reverse


  
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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

The mintage of this coin type continued its slow but steady slide in 1868. Examples of this date are common in worn condition, but Mint State pieces are relatively scarce, with gems being rare.

The coin illustrated reveals prominent die-clash impressions on both sides. The polished out leaves and ribbons suggest that the die was subsequent lapped to reduce the clash marks.

A very minor doubled-die reverse is illustrated in the book by Kevin Flynn and Edward Fletcher, along with an equally unexciting repunched date, but this issue is otherwise not noted for varieties.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/31/2015

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1868 3CN MS
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Base $ 15.00 18.50 21.00 28.00 43.00 61.50 67.00 75.00 95.00 105 120 140 190 285 690 1350 8500 - - -
$ 50.00 - - 83.00 - - - 155 220 330 775 2900 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 597
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
Auction House
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Price
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 437 $219.00
2/13/2006 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2006 February Long Beach Online Session #401, 401/Lot# 7429 $517.50
5/21/2009 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 376, 382/Lot# 5187 $138.00
1/3/2011 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 250 $3,536.25
11/9/2011 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3170, 3170/Lot# 1249 $85.00
4/22/2012 PCGS MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/22/2012, 19/Lot# 47954 $103.40
7/27/2014 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131431/Lot# 21286 $117.50
10/3/2016 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1240/Lot# 7113 $646.25


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