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SERIES: Liberty Head Three Cent Nickels 1865-1889
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1866 3CN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
3732
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.94 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
4,801,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$18,400 • PCGS MS67 • 12-4-2003 • Bowers & Merena
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 20,000 R-2.8 22 / 23 22 / 23
60 or Better 1,500 R-4.8 21 / 23 TIE 21 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 250 R-6.6 20 / 23 20 / 23
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 estimated grade  
4 MS66+ PCGS grade  
4 MS66+ PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 estimated grade  
4 MS66+ PCGS grade  
4 MS66+ PCGS grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1866 Three-Cent Nickel is one of the most common dates in the series, but it is much less common than the 1865 and several of the dates in the 1880's.  Nonetheless, collectors should have an easy time locating Mint State examples, where MS-63 and MS-64 seem to be the most common Mint State grades.  The finest examples certified by PCGS include a pair of MS-67s.

Clashed dies are the norm for this date, ranging from light clashing to heavy clashing and worn dies.  The present writer cannot recall ever seeing an unclashed 1866 Three-Cent Nickel.