1868 3CN MS66. Well struck and untoned, with lustrous pearl-gray surfaces that are essentially unmarked on both sides. A splendid Premium Gem example of this conditionally scarce issue. Population: 25 in 66, 1 finer (2/07).(
Ron Guth: The 1868 Three-Cent Nickel is a very common coin, with hundreds of certified Mint State example available to collectors. Gems are relatively common, even up to MS66. However, anything better is extremely rare -- the finest is a single PCGS MS67.
The overall strike quality for this date is slightly better than the 1867, but most examples still show incomplete lines in the "I"s on the reverse.