Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,604,000
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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1869 3CN MS obverse 1869 3CN MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of this date is just half of what it had been for 1868, a clear indication that additional pieces were being made solely to replace those lost through normal attrition and redemption. Mint State examples are moderately scarce, while gems are very elusive.

With its smaller coinage, the 1869 three-cent piece seems to have fewer poorly struck and heavily clashed coins than in previous years. Varieties are more numerous than expected, and the better ones are recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/31/2015

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1869 3CN MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 16.50 20.00 23.00 29.00 43.00 62.50 68.00 77.00 95.00 110 130 170 205 310 875 1875 - - - -
$ 50.00 - - 86.00 105 - 140 190 230 350 1050 4950 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 415
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/9/2004 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 1842, 1842/Lot# 1077 $17.00
1/12/2005 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 5591 $576.15
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 221 $201.25
10/9/2007 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #27103, 27103/Lot# 13072 $149.50
2/10/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 114 $287.50
2/15/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 420 $287.50
10/12/2014 PCGS VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 225397 $45.00
3/6/2015 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 73 $3,818.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 3CN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12162437506712718323026230833636642346364213031969291047931125519555
1318284155871451982402773173463854365228621525228235376947140210
000000145198240277317346385436522862152522823537694700
0000001642142512923263564044495821082174725964165910100
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 642
Owner: bartlesvilleok1
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 539
Owner: Greg Dissinger
 
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