1869 3CN AU53 Certification #10758692, PCGS #3735

Owner's Comments

Estimated Cost - bought raw - self grade

Expert Comments

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.

PCGS #
3735
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Plain
Diameter
17.90 millimeters
Weight
1.94 grams
Mintage
1604000
Metal
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Pop Higher
478
Pop Lower
84
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 10000 R-3.0 19 / 23 19 / 23
All Grades 750 R-5.5 16 / 23 TIE 16 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 150 R-7.5 12 / 23 TIE 12 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 10000
All Grades 750
60 or Better 150
65 or Better R-3.0
All Grades R-5.5
60 or Better R-7.5
65 or Better 19 / 23
All Grades 16 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 12 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 19 / 23
All Grades 16 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 12 / 23 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail 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