Coin Specifications

Category: Three Cent Nickels (1865-1889)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,604,000
Catalog: KM-95
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 1.94g
Diameter: 17.9mm
Edge: Plain
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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: 417
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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8/14/2016 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(1), 1238/Lot# 3341


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7/17/2006 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 96, 101/Lot# 267 $138.00
9/6/2009 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2472 $891.25
2/15/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 420 $287.50
12/2/2010 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1147/Lot# 3304 $1,006.25
1/3/2012 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(9), 1166/Lot# 9902 $632.50
2/13/2012 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 3224, 3224/Lot# 1124 $60.00
7/12/2012 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 7533 $138.00
7/6/2014 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 199078 $125.00


NGC Registry

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