Silver Coins Lot From 1865,1929,to 1941". It had a blah 1941 Merc, a blah 1929 SLQ, and a... well, a shiny 1865 three-cent nickel. Fuzzy pictures, but it looked like the thing at least had nice details, even if it was polished. After looking at what higher-level detail coins were getting on eBay, I set a snipe north of $70, but won at $30.11 shipped. Here's what the nickel turned out to look like: Incredibly lustrous, light-gold-toned surfaces -- but with that little bit of abrasion on the cheek and hair, I don't know whether it would make MS or get a 58. I also don't know what graders would make of the apparent planchet flaw running from the bust right to the rim. Here's a closeup of the rub: There's a lot going on with this coin. Like many (most?) 3CNs, it's got a pretty bold clash (doubled here), and a substantial die crack on the reverse: It's also got something odd going on CW from that crack on the reverse rim; it looks like a big scuff, but it seems to have the same luster (and toning) as the rest of the coin, so I'm wondering if it was something in the strike. The general inconsistency of the reverse rim worried me, but I see that the CoinFacts image for this issue seems to have the same kind of appearance, so I'm guessing it was just that the Mint hadn't yet figured out how to deal with the harder alloy. Until I looked at this under magnification, I was thinking I might have landed a gem. I'm terribly afraid that that obverse abrasion came while it was sliding around in a hard-shell case sized for a larger coin. But it's still a really nice piece, even if it's not silver.