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U.S. Three-Cent Nickels (1865-1889)

1865 Three (3) Cent Nickel
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$42.00 $43.00

1865 Three (3) Cent Nickel Choice BU Great Eye Appeal Strong Strike
1865 Three (3) Cent Nickel Choice BU Great Eye Appeal Strong Strike
SKU: 3CN1064

This wonderfully original 1865 Three (3) Cent Nickel has great eye appeal with nice luster and strong strike. Great color and surfaces. Couple neat rim cuds. Grade: Choice BU

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$136.00 $140.00

1866 Three (3) Cent Nickel NGC MS65 Great Eye Appeal Nice Luster Nice Strike
1866 Three (3) Cent Nickel NGC MS65 Great Eye Appeal Nice Luster Nice Strike
SKU: PSB38455

This wonderfully original 1866 Three (3) Cent Nickel has great eye appeal with nice luster and nice strike. Super heavy die clash. Certified: NGC MS65

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$479.00 $493.00

1869 Three (3) Cent Nickel NGC PF63 CAMEO  Superb Eye Appeal  GREAT FROST
1869 Three (3) Cent Nickel NGC PF63 CAMEO Superb Eye Appeal GREAT FROST
SKU: PSB10270

This original 1869 Three (3) Cent Nickel has superb eye appeal with full luster and nice strike. The coin looks 64+ all day to me. Great Frost! Certified: NGC PF63 CAMEO

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$470.00 $485.00

1869 Three (3) Cent Nickel NGC PR65 Ultra Cameo Superb Eye Appeal Strong Strike
1869 Three (3) Cent Nickel NGC PR65 Ultra Cameo Superb Eye Appeal Strong Strike
SKU: PSB40695

This original 1869 Three (3) Cent Nickel has superb eye appeal with fantastic luster and strong strike. Gorgeous color and surfaces. Black and white Cameo. Tough to find! Certified: NGC PR65 Ultra Cameo

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$1,290.00 $1,330.00

1870 Three (3) Cent Nickel
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$42.00 $43.00

1873 Three (3) Cent Nickel
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$105.00 $108.00

1873 Three (3) Cent Nickel Open 3 NGC MS62 Nice Eye Appeal Nice Strike
1873 Three (3) Cent Nickel Open 3 NGC MS62 Nice Eye Appeal Nice Strike
SKU: PSB40535

This original 1873 Three (3) Cent Nickel Open 3 has nice eye appeal with nice luster and nice strike. Nice color and surfaces. Certified: NGC MS62

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$224.00 $231.00

1882 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof CAC Sticker NGC PF65 Cameo Superb Eye Appeal
1882 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof CAC Sticker NGC PF65 Cameo Superb Eye Appeal
SKU: PSB40454

This wonderfully original 1882 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof has superb eye appeal with fantastic luster and strong strike. Outstanding color and surfaces. Certified: NGC PF65 Cameo CAC

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$570.00 $590.00

1885 Three (3) Cent Nickel PCGS MS66 Great Eye Appeal Strong Strike - RARE
1885 Three (3) Cent Nickel PCGS MS66 Great Eye Appeal Strong Strike - RARE
SKU: PSB39631

This wonderfully original 1885 Three (3) Cent Nickel has great eye appeal with nice luster and strong strike. Outstanding color and surfaces. Extremely Rare coin in Mint State. Population only 15 coins with only 2 higher. Certified: PCGS MS66

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$22,150.00 $22,795.00

1886 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof CAC Sticker NGC PF67 Superb Eye Appeal
1886 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof CAC Sticker NGC PF67 Superb Eye Appeal
SKU: PSB38707

This wonderfully original 1886 Three (3) Cent Nickel Proof has superb eye appeal with fantastic luster and strong strike. Gorgeous Gem with outstanding color and surfaces. Certified: NGC PF67 CAC

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$1,135.00 $1,170.00

1887 Three (3) Cent Nickel PCGS PR65 Great Eye Appeal Strong Strike
1887 Three (3) Cent Nickel PCGS PR65 Great Eye Appeal Strong Strike
SKU: PSB40696

This original 1887 Three (3) Cent Nickel has great eye appeal with nice luster and strong strike. Basically white with great skin. Certified: PCGS PR65

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$625.00 $640.00

1888 Three (3) Cent Nickel
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$94.00 $97.00


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Learn More About U.S. Three-Cent Nickels (1865-1889)

 

The three-cent nickel was minted from 1865 to 1889, during the same time the three-cent silver piece was produced. Both coins were designed by the U.S. Mint’s chief engraver, John Longacre. The obverse side features the head of Lady Liberty wearing a crown and facing left with the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounding her and the date below. The reverse side includes the denomination expressed as the Roman numeral III inside of a wreath. The three-cent nickel was composed of 75% copper and 25% nickel yet looks silver in appearance. Millions of these odd denomination coins were produced to buy three-cent postage stamps and make change during the post-Civil War era. The three-cent nickel raised controversy due to its size which was very similar to that of a dime. It was discontinued in 1889 when the cost of postage dropped from three cents to two cents, creating less demand for a three-cent piece. 


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