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1868 3CN (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head Three Cent Nickels 1865-1889

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
3734
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Weight:
1.94 grams
Mintage:
3,252,000
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Major Varieties

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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 12,500 R-2.9 20 / 23 TIE 20 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 1,000 R-5.0 19 / 23 TIE 19 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 15 / 23 TIE 15 / 23 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 12,500
60 or Better 1,000
65 or Better 200
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-2.9
60 or Better R-5.0
65 or Better R-7.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 20 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 19 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 15 / 23 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 20 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 19 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 15 / 23 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
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.