Three Cent Nickel

U. S. Three Cent Nickels 1865 to 1889 - Coin shown is an 1886 NGC Proof-65.

There are 12 items in this category

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: $42.00
Item Id #003678    See Details...
1865 Nickel Three Cents, EF/AU
Year: 1865
Condition: EF/AU
Description: Struck from clashed dies as is common to this date (see coin #2721), with multiple impressions of Liberty's outline on the Reverse. The Reverse seems to have gotten the worse of it, with several die cracks suggesting failure in the near future. Oddly enough, this has a very good strike, missing just a bit of one of the "III" on the Reverse. Overall AU+ details, but the luster is a bit lacking
Price: $49.00
Item Id #003724    See Details...
1865 Nickel Three Cents, Heavily Clashed, Terminal Dies
Year: 1865
Condition: AU+
Description: Struck from clashed dies, the Obverse worse than the Reverse as usual. This seems to be the rule with clashed Three Cent Nickels, and is likely due to which die served as the "hammer die". These dies are also near terminal, as they show heavy die cracks and small cuds on the Reverse rim, where that die had started to crumble. The "spot" seen on the Reverse is a small pit, and appears to be where a piece fell out of the planchet due to improper alloy mix, rather than strictly being due to old corrosion, as the rest of the coin seems unaffected.
Price: $45.00
Item Id #002721    See Details...
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: $42.00
Item Id #003679    See Details...
Year: 1867
Condition: Very Good to Fine
Description: I have a number of nice average circulated Nickel Three Cent pieces available, dated 1865 to 1968, the most common years. As all these are functionally similar in value, I offer them here as Type examples. You may choose your year when ordering, just let me know your preference - I will honor the request as long as that date is available. All coins will be problem free examples.
Price: $22.00
Item Id #003680    See Details...
Year: 1868
Condition: VF-20+
Description: A nice original VF example, with an excellent strike for the Type including on the "III" on the Reverse, just a bit too much wear for an EF grade. NOT as common as typical prices make these appear to be, due to both the usual poor striking characteristics of the series AND rampant overgrading by most dealers.
Price: $29.00
Item Id #003681    See Details...
1870 Nickel Three Cents, Original AU/Unc
Year: 1870
Condition: AU-58
Description: The "other side of the coin", as it were. This date becomes significantly less common and less available above Average Circulated. The coin offered here is a totally original "Slider". It appears to have never actually circulated, but picked up some very light "rub" on Liberty's cheek from being mixed in with other coins in a loose lot. It also exhibits some discoloration on the Reverse, essentially the equivalent of "rust", and the result of the Copper portion of the alloy reacting to something that made contact with the surface of the coin. This is likely due to an old fingerprint. Nearly full luster, and except for the stains on the Reverse, this should certify handily at AU-58 - cleaned up, this is what is typically sold as an "Unc" by many dealers as it shows no marks.
Price: $75.00
Item Id #002890    See Details...
1870 Nickel Three Cents, Original AU
Year: 1870
Condition: AU-55
Description: Somewhat oddly enough, I find myself with THREE separate high grade examples of this date at one time, purely due to random chance. This coin is also an original AU like coin #2890, sans the minor staining. Not struck quite as well on the Reverse, largely due to a loss of detail as of the result of that die being repolished to keep it in service due to developing cracks. This can be seen in the small "cud" found on the right hand side wreath area, as well as the weakness in the ribbon at bottom. This weakness at center in the middle "I" is typical of the series. Otherwise an original Choice AU with virtually complete luster on the Reverse, a bit less on the Obverse. Technically an "AU-58" based upon wear, I have reduced the Net grade a bit for the more typical strike.
Price: $75.00
Item Id #002909    See Details...
1870 Nickel Three Cents, Original EF+
Year: 1870
Condition: EF-45
Description: The third of a group of 3 high grade examples of this date in stock as of July, 2013. Fairly well struck, with just some weakness on the middle "I" on the Reverse, with some significant luster remaining. Most dealers would call this "AU".
Price: $52.00
Item Id #002910    See Details...
Year: 1870
Condition: VF-20
Description: (Images upon request) A decent VF example. Commonly ignored by most dealers in grading this series is the detail in the "III" on the Reverse. In this case all of the lines are present, and most bold other than at the very center of the leftmost "I". This area is opposite the highest point of the Obverse, and is almost always incomplete on these coins, even in Unc. Just a bit "grubby" and some lightly darker areas on the Reverse around the rim - not objectionable.
Price: $32.00
Item Id #002760    See Details...
Year: 1873
Condition: F/VF
Description: A solid well struck example of the Open 3 type. Still retains some traces of luster, but the details don't make VF.
Price: $27.00
Item Id #003725    See Details...
1874 Nickel Three Cents
Year: 1874
Condition: VG/Fine
Description: A decent average middle grade example. A few light marks, but acceptable for the grade.
Price: $25.00
Item Id #001227    See Details...