Composition and Specifications

The Three Cent Nickel was struck on planchets made out of a composition of 75% copper and 25% nickel. The coins generally have a silvery-gray appearance that can be a little bit dull when viewed in hand.

Each coin has a diameter of 17.9 millimeters and weight 1.94 grams (29.9 grains) in uncirculated condition. The coins have a plain edge. All issues of the series were produced at the Philadelphia Mint and thus no mint marks are present.

There are a number of problems a collector should be cautious of which occurred at the time of striking. These include generally soft strikes, lacking details on the high points, and the appearance of heavy die clashing on both sides. The Mint would experience similar issues when production of the Shield Nickel began in 1866.