Three Cent Nickel


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Three Cent Nickel

Price: $ 69.95 $ 49.95 SKU: 317E


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The first 3¢ coin was made in 1851; it was first created to make it easier to buy a single 3¢ postage stamp (the cost of mailing a letter). As a result, the 3¢ piece is known as the “Postage Stamp” coin. Due to a shortage of silver at the end of the Civil War in 1865, the U.S. Mint started making the 3¢ coin in a copper-nickel alloy. The coin became known as a “Nickel,” although that name was later used for the 5¢ coin. When the letter rate dropped to 2¢ in 1883, this coin was no longer needed, and the last 3¢ coin was struck in 1889. All coins were struck at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.  This is the first and only 3¢ coin struck in nickel.  The front of the 3¢ nickel coin shows a portrait of Lady Liberty; the back has the Roman numeral III (“3”) surrounded by a wreath.  The coin was designed by James B. Longacre, the U.S. Mint’s chief engraver from 1844-1879. Longacre also designed the Indian Head Penny.

All coins of the 19th century are getting rarer and more desirable every day, and this is one of the most fascinating and desirable coins from this era. Very few have survived for today’s collectors, and these coins are prized by collectors everywhere. And just a tiny fraction of the original coins have survived for today’s collectors. The coin is carefully hand-selected for exceptional collector quality and are displayed in a custom presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity.