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.
$6,250.00

1865 NICKEL 3CN PR67

GEM FLASHY PROOF. JUST 1 COIN GRADED HIGHER.
$8,450.00

1868 NICKEL 3CN PR67 Deep Cameo

GEM WHITE DEEP MIRRORED CAMEO PROOF. ONLY 600 STRUCK. TIED WITH THREE OTHERS FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$5,450.00

1870 NICKEL 3CN MS66+

GEM SATIN LUSTER. JUST ONE COIN GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$3,500.00

1875 NICKEL 3CN PR66+

GEM PROOF. ONLY 700 STRUCK. JUST ONE COIN GRADED HIGHER. CAC.
$3,500.00

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. JUST 1 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$8,500.00

1879 NICKEL 3CN MS67

GEM SURFACES. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$3,250.00

1881 NICKEL 3CN PR68 Cameo

TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$5,450.00