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

1868 3CN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
3734
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.94 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
3,252,000
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$12,219 • PCGS MS67 • 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 12,500 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 200 R-7.0 15 / 23 TIE 15 / 23 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1868 Three-Cent Nickel is a very common coin, with hundreds of certified Mint State example available to collectors.  Gems are relatively common, even up to MS66.  However, anything better is extremely rare -- the finest is a single PCGS MS67.

The overall strike quality for this date is slightly better than the 1867, but most examples still show incomplete lines in the "I"s on the reverse.