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

1867 3CN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
3733
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.94 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
3,915,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$7,619 • PCGS MS66 • 2-1-2005 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 15,000 R-2.9 20 / 23 TIE 20 / 23 TIE
60 or Better 1,000 R-5.0 19 / 23 TIE 19 / 23 TIE
65 or Better 150 R-7.5 12 / 23 TIE 12 / 23 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
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Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
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1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1867 Three-Cent Nickel is a very common coin in both circulated and uncirculated grades.  The typical Mint State example is either MS63 or MS64.  Gems are scarce, but not rare, and the finest examples certified by PCGS include nearly a dozen MS66s.

In order to accomplish the high mintage of this date, Mint employees bypassed quality in favor of quantity.  Thus, many examples show weak strikes, especially on the three Roman numeral "1"s on the reverse.  It is rare to find an example with full lines in all three of the numerals.  Such pieces can be purchased at little or no premium over a weakly struck examples, though they should be worth considerably more.