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

1865 3CN (Proof)

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PCGS PR67

PCGS PR66+

PCGS PR65+
PCGS #:
3761
Diameter:
17.90 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
1.94 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
500
Metal Content:
75% Copper, 25% Nickel
Auction Record:
$14,950 • NGC PR67 • 2-9-2006 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 450 R-6.1 1 / 26 1 / 26
60 or Better 440 R-6.1 1 / 26 1 / 26
65 or Better 150 R-7.5 1 / 26 1 / 26
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
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Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
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1 PR66 PCGS grade  
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1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
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1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
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Ron Guth: Proof 1865 Three-Cent Nickels are generally considered to be the rarest of the series, though the margin between the rarest and the second rarest is not large.  The low mintage of only 500 Proofs adds to the allure of this date.

In grades up through PR66, the 1865 Three-Cent Nickel is available for a price.  In PR67, this date becomes a real condition-rarity.  Cameo Proofs represent approximately half of the total population, but only ten percent of the population are Deep Cameos.

The best advice for this date is to seek out fully struck examples as free as possible of minor planchet flaws and copper spots.  The rare coin with colorful toning should command a premium.