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 Cooper-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: $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, 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 plus the clashes are a bit distracting perhaps.
Price: $49.00
Item Id #003724    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: $42.00
Item Id #003679    See Details...
1868 Nickel Three Cents, Original VF
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, Almost Uncirculated, Semi-Prooflike
Year: 1870
Condition: AU-58
Description: Extremely well struck, with a bold "III" and about 90% of the other details. This may be due to the nature of the dies, which appear to have been newly refinished. I originally thought that this coin might be a circulated Proof, but the diagnostics and strike did not match. It shows somewhat semi-prooflike surfaces due to repolishing, and as a result of this some minor missing detail in the Reverse wreath. Conversely, this means that the coin does not show the typical satiny luster that one normally sees on this series. Extremely small amount of wear, mainly some scuffing in the fields and some gentle hairlines (not from being cleaned). Easily equivalent to a certified AU-58.
Price: $99.00
Item Id #005151    See Details...
1873 Nickel Three Cents, Closed 3, Original Proof
Year: 1873
Condition: PCGS PR-64
Description: A very nice example of this issue, with attractive original toning. Peach-orange Obverse center with light blue rims; the same basic colors are a bit less "organized" on the Reverse. All of the Proof Three Cents of 1873 were struck from the Closed 3 (or, Close 3 as it maybe should be more properly known as) Hub. Many of this issue were struck on porous planchets, and carelessly made, for some reason. This specimen is thankfully not one of those, and certainly worth a bit of a premium for the outstanding color, more unusual on a Copper-Nickel coin and sign of long being held in an old cabinet.
Price: $499.00
Item Id #004485    See Details...
1888 Nickel Three Cents, Choice Uncirculated
Year: 1888
Condition: PCGS MS-64
Description: An Business Strike example of this low mintage year, with only 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 shows 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: $445.00
Item Id #004016    See Details...