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1869 3CN (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Head Three Cent Nickels 1865-1889

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
3735
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Weight:
1.94 grams
Mintage:
1,604,000
Metal:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
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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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 10,000
60 or Better 750
65 or Better 150
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-3.0
60 or Better R-5.5
65 or Better R-7.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 19 / 23
60 or Better 16 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 12 / 23 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 19 / 23
60 or Better 16 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 12 / 23 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

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