1865 3CN (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head Three Cent Nickels 1865-1889

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
3731
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Weight:
1.94 grams
Mintage:
11,382,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
MS66+ PCGS grade #3 MS66+ PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
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.