1865 3CN VF30 PCGS #3731

Expert Comments

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.

PCGS #
3731
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Plain
Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Weight
1.94 grams
Mintage
11382000
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
2968
Pop Lower
161
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 50000 R-2.5 23 / 23 23 / 23
All Grades 5000 R-4.0 23 / 23 23 / 23
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 23 / 23 23 / 23
65 or Better 50000
All Grades 5000
60 or Better 500
65 or Better R-2.5
All Grades R-4.0
60 or Better R-6.0
65 or Better 23 / 23
All Grades 23 / 23
60 or Better 23 / 23
65 or Better 23 / 23
All Grades 23 / 23
60 or Better 23 / 23

Condition Census Learn More

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