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1865 to 1889 Nickel Three-Cent Pieces

The United States three cent piece was a unit of currency equaling 3/100th of a United States dollar. The mint produced two different three cent coins, the 3 Cent Silver and 3 Cent Nickel.

The three cent coin has an unusual history. It was proposed in 1851 both as a result of the decrease in postage rates from five cents to three and to answer the need for a small denomination, easy to handle coin.

Civil War era silver shortages led to widespread hoarding of all silver coins, and most one and five cent coins as well. Various alternatives were tried, including encapsulated postage and privately issued coinage. The Treasury eventually settled on issuing fractional currency. These small denomination (1 to 50 cent) notes were never popular, as they were easy to lose and unwieldy in large amounts.

The answer to this issue was reached in 1865 with the introduction of the three cent nickel coin. This coin was composed of copper and nickel and was larger than the silver coin of the same denomination.

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Nickel Three Cent Piece      Nickel 3 Cent Piece

1865 Nickel 3 Cent Piece

The coin featured a Liberty head obverse and another Roman numeral 'III' reverse. The three cent nickel was never intended as a permanent issue, only as stop gap measure until the wartime hoarding ceased. However, production of the coin continued until 1889, 16 years after the three cent silver was discontinued.

The best place to purchase 3 Cent Nickel is at eBay. Most of these coins are very expensive in the better grades and rare years. However, if you just want one or two for your collection look for 3 cent pieces dated from about 1865 to 1876 and 1881 in the lower grades of about good, good or very good. You should be able to find a specimen for your collection in the $10.00 to $25.00 range.


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