Three Cent Nickel

U. S. Three Cent Nickels 1865 to 1889 - The coin shown is an amazing Deep Cameo 1876 in NGC Proof-66+, a souvenir of the Centennial of American Independence that year.

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1865 Nickel Three Cents, Original Uncirculated Coin
Year: 1865
Condition: Uncirculated (MS-60+)
Description: A nice example of the first year of Copper-Nickel Three Cent coinage. Very well struck and very original, showing the unmistakable signs of being saved as a non-numismatic souvenir. This shows some minor spotting and toning typical of a coin held in a "can lot" (or box, bag, etc.). 99.5% complete luster except for two area of contact on Liberty's cheek and eyebrow region, as shown in the enlarged image. This sort of thing comes from random contact with other coins in a lot - whether you choose to call this "wear" or not is relative, but it certainly does not constitute circulation wear. The kind of coin typically cleaned up by dipping and sold as "Choice BU" or better, I think just calling it "Unc" suffices.
Price: $89.00
Item Id #005136    See Details...
1865 Nickel Three Cents, Original EF
Year: 1865
Condition: EF-40
Description: A nice original EF example. As usual some evidence of weakness of strike on individual letters of the motto, possibly due to a partially grease filled die, and on the "III" on the Reverse, but the head of Liberty stands out in bold relief (one reason for the weakness in the "III", as these two high points stand exactly opposite of each other. Some obvious luster remains.
Price: $37.00
Item Id #003678    See Details...
1866 Nickel Three Cents, Original EF
Year: 1866
Condition: EF-40
Description: A nice original EF example, with an excellent strike for the Type - just a bit of weakness on the "III" on the Reverse. Some obvious luster remains.
Price: $39.00
Item Id #003679    See Details...
1867 Nickel Three Cents, Almost Uncirculated
Year: 1867
Condition: AU-50+
Description: A nice original AU example, with obvious remaining luster. A couple of light spots, typical of this series, but nothing I would call a problem. Almost all survivors were likely put aside by the general public rather than a numismatist, and stored in less than ideal circumstances.
Price: $53.00
Item Id #006259    See Details...
1868 Nickel Three Cents, Extremely Fine
Year: 1868
Condition: EF-40
Description: A nice original EF example, and well struck other than the shallowness of the date. That is an artifact of how the date was punched into the die rather than wear.
Price: $37.00
Item Id #006258    See Details...
1888 Nickel Three Cents, Choice Uncirculated
Year: 1888
Condition: PCGS MS-64
Description: A scarce Business Strike example of this low mintage year, with only originally 36,500 struck. Very original with nothing serious in the way of marks present - the certified grade may be limited slightly by the presence of obvious heavy clash marks surrounding Liberty's head. These are common to the series, but some would find them mildly distracting. I find them interesting as it shows the nature of the production process by the Mint during this period. So much effort was going into making Morgan Dollars that minor coinage, particularly the "token" (non-Silver) coinage below the Dime denomination, was largely ignored as far as quality control. If it showed a date and denomination, it was OK to go. A few tiny specks from bank storage otherwise problem free and in an older light blue label holder. PCGS Price Guide value of $485.
Price: $449.00
Item Id #005266    See Details...
1888 Nickel Three Cents, Original Proof
Year: 1888
Condition: PCGS PF-64
Description: An original Proof example of this low mintage year, one where Business Strike coinage is much scarcer than Proofs. During this period most numismatists simply ordered a Proof from the Mint, both as they were seen as being "better", and they were dirt cheap in current terms, commonly being sold at a very small markup over face value (!!!). Some light, obvious Cameo contrast on the Obverse, but not enough for PCGS to make the call. A very light original haze over the surfaces, showing that it has not been disturbed or abused. One small "spot" on Liberty's cheek which appears to be due to a small area of alloy difference rather than a corrosion spot of some kind. There are also some "lumps" within the 8's of the date, which may be die chips of a minor repunching of the date - not listed in the Flynn/Fletcher guide to the series.
Price: $399.00
Item Id #004016    See Details...