United States: copper-nickel 3-cent piece, Liberty Head type, 1866

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How interesting/appealing do you find this coin, whether or not you're an expert? (1=worst, 10=best)

  1. 10

    9 vote(s)
    27.3%
  2. 9

    7 vote(s)
    21.2%
  3. 8

    9 vote(s)
    27.3%
  4. 7

    5 vote(s)
    15.2%
  5. 6

    1 vote(s)
    3.0%
  6. 5

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. 4

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. 3

    1 vote(s)
    3.0%
  9. 2

    1 vote(s)
    3.0%
  10. 1

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    United States: copper-nickel 3-cent piece, Liberty Head type, 1866
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    Obverse: bust of Liberty in coronet, left.
    Reverse: Roman numeral III within laurel wreath.
    Issuer: United States of America, Philadelphia Mint.
    Specifications: copper-nickel, 17.9 mm, 1.94 g. Mintage: 4,801,000.
    Grade: PCGS MS62+; cert. #37681959.
    Reference: PCGS-3732, Numista-5336, KM-95.
    Provenance: ex-Dr. Robert Owens ("Bob13" on Collectors Universe), 11 April 2019.
    Notes: James B. Longacre's Liberty Head three-cent pieces ("three-cent nickels") made their debut in mid-1865, following the end of the Civil War. There had already been silver three-cent pieces ("trimes") in circulation since 1851, so for a time, the United states had two different types of three-cent coins in production at the same time, which might seem rather odd and redundant to us today.
    Comments: This 1866 three-cent nickel is a common date in a relatively common series, and thus not an extremely valuable coin in MS62 ("plus" grade notwithstanding). However, thanks to near-perfect pastel "target" toning, this particular example has eye appeal far exceeding its modest technical grade. These are a rather underappreciated series which are not widely collected, but purely from an artistic standpoint, I think their simple, classical design is superior to that of their tinier trime counterparts.
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  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

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    This coin was previously housed in an NGC MS62 holder.


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  4. l.cutler

    l.cutler Member

    Definitely one of my favorite US coin series, and that is a beautiful example. If it wasn't for the 1884 and 1885 I would definitely work on a circulation strike set.
     
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  5. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    I gave it an 8. The Nickel Three Cent Piece is one of my least favorite series, but this coin is attractive with its unusual colorful toning. You probably could never show me one of these coins that would get a 10 from me. So 8 is actually a rave for me.
     
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  6. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Variety Collector

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  7. Timewarp

    Timewarp Intrepid Traveler

    Not a coin I'm interested in collecting, so only gave it a 3. This is a good looking coin though. No problems with that.
     
  8. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    Pretty coin. I gave it a 9. Looks like it has a bit of clash marks showing.
    I love the color these things can have.
     
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  9. Cachecoins

    Cachecoins Historia Moneta

    Very appealing coin of the type and I like the type a lot so it has everything going for it to my little eye.
     
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  10. shagbark acres

    shagbark acres Supporter! Supporter

    Nice coin. I give it an 8.
     
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  11. Dynoking

    Dynoking Well-Known Member

    Beautiful coin. I gave it an 8. If I had interest in this series I may have voted 9 or even 10. If I had some spare cash burning a hole in my pocket at a convention I might buy it just because.
     
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  12. Mr.Q

    Mr.Q Well-Known Member

    In my opinion nothing is perfect but this coin is a high 91/2. Nice post thank you. Be safe
     
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  13. Mountain Man

    Mountain Man Well-Known Member

    I gave it a 10 as any coin in this condition is a keeper for me. I think that even having it re-slabbed they got it wrong. Why not give it a 62 ¾? LOL To me, it looks nicer than that, but I'm just a novice grader in progress. LOL
     
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  14. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    9. I like all the weird denomination series'. And this coin is killer.
     
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  15. coolhandred24

    coolhandred24 New Member

    I like the coin and the series, but this coin lacks pizzazz. 1866 is a common date and there are plenty of Mint State coins available.
     
  16. ksparrow

    ksparrow Coin Hoarder

    I gave it a 10. You just don't see them that nice very often.
     
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