Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The Mint produced over 28 million Nickels in 1868, making this the second most common date in the entire series.  At the same time, the Mint made Half Dimes, but only to the tune of 88,600, a seemingly insignificant mintage in relation to the Nickel (a good question is why they were even made at all).

Mint State 1868 Nickels are readily available in grades up through MS65.  There are enough MS66 examples to fill the PCGS Condition Census with coins of that grade, but PCGS has not assigned a higher grade to any 1868 Nickel.

This date is usually struck well, though cracks continue to plague many examples (to see a variety of interesting die cracks, check out the View All Coin Images link above, then click on the individual pictures to get a dramatic close-up look.

Diameter
20.50 millimeters
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Plain
Mintage
28817000
Weight
5.00 grams
Metal Content
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
8
Pop Lower
1127
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 40000 R-2.6 14 / 17 TIE 15 / 19 TIE
All Grades 2000 R-4.6 14 / 17 TIE 15 / 19 TIE
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 15 / 17 16 / 19

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade