1865 3CN MS67

CERTIFICATION#: 21765612
PCGS#: 3731

Owner's Comments

Scher

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1865 Three-Cent Nickel was the first year of a completely new coin type and the first year of a new metal type.  The Philadelphia Mint produced more than 11 million examples of this date, a mintage that had not been seen since 1853, when an almost identical amount of Three-Cent Silver pieces were struck.  The Three-Cent Nickel eventually replaced the Three-Cent Silver, but both types were made continuously up until 1873, after which the Three-Cent Silver was discontinued.

The 1865 is easily the most common of all the Three-Cent Nickels.  PCGS has certified well over 1,000 Mint State examples, with most falling in the MS-63 to MS-64 grade range.  Gem examples are slightly scarce but can be found with relative ease.  Superb examples are very rare, the finest of which are two PCGS MS-67s.  This date is characterized by weak central strikes (look at the lines in the Roman numeral 3 on the reverse) and numerous die cracks.

Diameter: 17.90 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 11,382,000 Weight: 1.94 grams Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel
2
25
3
14
4
18
8
22
10
45+
56
50+
60
53+
65
55+
70
58+
82
1
62+
125
63+
200
1
64+
325
1
65+
750
1
66+
6,250
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 50,000 R-2.5 23 / 23 23 / 23
60 or Better 5,000 R-4.0 23 / 23 23 / 23
65 or Better 500 R-6.0 23 / 23 23 / 23

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade