1865 3C Three Cent Nickel, Judd-413, Pollock-484, R.5

This regular dies trial piece shares the same obverse die as the scarce proof 1865 three cent nickel, since the date exhibits similar broad recutting. Struck in copper with a plain edge. Presumably struck to demonstrate the new designs prior to large-scale production of the series.

PR62 Red and Brown $1,725.00 (Jul 12, 2007 HA.com) PR65 $2,530.00 (Jul 31, 2009 HA.com)
1868 3C Three Cent Nickel, Judd-615, Pollock-680, R.5

Similar in design to the contemporary three cent nickel, but the wreath on the reverse is that of the Flying Eagle cent. Struck in nickel with a plain edge.

Tom DeLorey observed that the obverse design is a regular 17.9-mm three cent obverse set in a one cent-size 19.1-mm die blank, leaving wide borders, whereas the reverse is normal one cent-size.

PR64 $1,610.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
1868 3C Three Cent Nickel, Judd-619, Pollock-688, Low R.7

Much like the regular issue three cent nickel, but the wreath is further from the reverse rim, and the Roman numerals on the reverse are smooth and without ribs. Struck in copper with a plain edge.

PR63 $1,725.00 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
1865 3C Three Cent Nickel, Judd-411, Pollock-482, High R.6

Similar in design to the issued three cent nickel, but the ribbon ends extend to the denticles. Struck in copper with a plain edge.

PR64 $2,530.00 (Nov 6, 2007 HA.com)
1869 3CN Three Cent Nickel, Judd-676, Pollock-753, R.4

Similar to the circulating three cent nickel, but the portrait is reduced in scale and the denominational columns are plain rather than ribbed. Struck in nickel with a plain edge.

PR65 $2,070.00 (May 28, 2009 HA.com)
1868 3CN Three Cent Nickel, Judd-618, Pollock-687, R.4

PR63 $1,150.00 (Oct 27, 2009 HA.com)
1868 3C Three Cent Nickel, Judd-616, Pollock-682, High R.6

The obverse is struck from the adopted three cent nickel dies, while on the reverse the Roman numeral III has a smooth surface and is surrounded by a wreath of corn, cotton, wheat, and tobacco. The obverse is set on a cent-sized planchet, leaving that side with extra wide borders, but the reverse looks normal. Struck in copper with a plain edge.

PR66  Brown $4,312.50 (Aug 9, 2007 HA.com)

1885 3C Three Cent Nickel, Judd-1741, Pollock-1953, High R.7

A trail piece struck with regular dies, obverse and reverse. Struck in aluminum with a plain edge.

PR66 $9,200.00 (Jun 2, 2005 HA.com)
Three Cents Nickel Patterns
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