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Coins Certified as of 8/24

My Coin #-24783

1865 3CN PR65

CERTIFICATION#: -24783
PCGS#: 3761

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by Bowers & Ruddy Oct '80 Price realized $3250

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: Proof 1865 Three-Cent Nickels are generally considered to be the rarest of the series, though the margin between the rarest and the second rarest is not large.  The low mintage of only 500 Proofs adds to the allure of this date.

In grades up through PR66, the 1865 Three-Cent Nickel is available for a price.  In PR67, this date becomes a real condition-rarity.  Cameo Proofs represent approximately half of the total population, but only ten percent of the population are Deep Cameos.

The best advice for this date is to seek out fully struck examples as free as possible of minor planchet flaws and copper spots.  The rare coin with colorful toning should command a premium.

Diameter: 17.90 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 500 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 450 R-6.1 1 / 26 1 / 26
60 or Better 440 R-6.1 1 / 26 1 / 26
65 or Better 150 R-7.5 1 / 26 1 / 26

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade