Three Cent Nickels

 

(1865-1889)

While the fires in Columbia were still smoldering from Sherman’s invasion through South Carolina, the citizens of Washington D.C. were preparing for President Lincoln’s second inauguration. The night before, on March 3, 1865, Congress stayed in session all night.

Among the House deliberations was a minor bill introduced by Representative John Kasson. The most remarkable thing about this bill was not that it authorized the striking of a three-cent piece in nickel but that it was introduced to the House by Kasson, who had long opposed the use of nickel in the nation’s coinage. The nickel lobby, led by Joseph Wharton, had finally persuaded Kasson to not only support this bill but to sponsor it, and they did this by presenting nickel coinage as the lesser of two evils.

During the Civil War, hoarding of precious metals was so widespread that even the small.... (Expand Text)

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1865 NICKEL 3CN PR66 Cameo

GEM CAMEO. ONLY 500 STRUCK. CAC.
$5,750.00

1865 NICKEL 3CN PR67+ Cameo

SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. CAC.
$27,500.00

1866 NICKEL 3CN MS67

SATIN SURFACES. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS. CAC.
$10,500.00

1868 NICKEL 3CN PR66 Cameo

GEM CAMEO. ONLY 600 STRUCK.
$1,295.00

1868 NICKEL 3CN PR67 Cameo

GEM CAMEO! VERY FLASHY. JUST 1 GRADED HIGHER.
$3,995.00

1871 NICKEL 3CN MS67

A WONDERFUL GEM. TIED WITH THREE OTHERS FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$7,750.00

1877 NICKEL 3CN PR66 Deep Cameo

GEM DEEP CAMEO. ONLY 510 STRUCK. TIED FOR HIGHEST AT PCGS.
$9,750.00

1877 NICKEL 3CN PR67 Cameo

GEM CAMEO. ONLY 510 STRUCK. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS.
$8,500.00

1881 NICKEL 3CN MS67

TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$4,500.00

1881 NICKEL 3CN PR68 Cameo

TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$5,250.00