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.

PCGS #
3795
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Plain
Diameter
20.50 millimeters
Weight
5.00 grams
Mintage
28817000
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
9
Pop Lower
1152
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census Learn More

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
MS67 PCGS grade #1 MS67 PCGS grade

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

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

“Greenbrier River” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

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