1869 3CN MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 21765616
PCGS#: 3735

Owner's Comments

Scher

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1869 Three-Cent Nickel is a common coin, but it is not quite as plentiful as the preceding years.  This is due, in large part, to a reduced mintage that is less than half of that of the 1868.  Nonetheless, collectors should have an easy time locating a nice Mint State example, particularly in grades MS64 and below.  Gems are scarcer, but but even in MS66, PCGS has certified 18 examples.  However, none have been certified in grades higher than MS66.

Clashmarks are a common problem on this date.  Many examples have a full outline of Liberty's head on the reverse.  Otherwise, this date is better-made than preceding years, with most examples showing little or no weakness on the vertical lines on the reverse.

Diameter: 17.90 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 1,604,000 Weight: 1.94 grams Metal Content: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 10,000 R-3.0 19 / 23 19 / 23
60 or Better 750 R-5.5 16 / 23 TIE 16 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 150 R-7.5 12 / 23 TIE 12 / 23 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade