Origin: These 170+ year old coins likely survived the ages by being passed down in private hands, and our current selection has been acquired from multiple private collections. All have been thoroughly inspected for authenticity by the History Hoard team.
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These are all U.S. coins, but none of them exist today.
Many coins created by the United States in the early years were, frankly, strange.
At least, they were strange by today's standards.
Though you likely won't find two or three cent coins in your pocket change today—and pennies aren't massively large anymore—these coins were typical of what people carried during the Civil War.
However, all three of the examples above would be phased out by the end of the 1800's, and they became increasingly rare.
Today they are cherished relics—the last remnants of the early United States, when the nation's future was uncertain and currency was still experimental.
President Lincoln visiting the battlefield at Antietam, 1862
About Early American Money: Coins that no longer exist
In the earlier day's of our nation's existence, many parts of the government still hadn't been completely figured out—minting coins was one of them. The 1800's saw the rise and fall of many coins that no longer exist in today's money. Among them are the coins shown here: the large cent, the two cent, and the three cent coin.
The large cent dates back to the very early years of the United States, shortly after the nation won the Revolutionary War against the British. Despite their size, these large round copper pieces (about the size of a modern dollar coin) were still worth the same as a modern penny—1/100 of a dollar. They were eventually replaced in 1857, when people complained about their unwieldy size.
The two cent piece was devised during the Civil War, as an answer to the nation's coin shortage. Coins were being hoarded by citizens during this time of turmoil, so the government needed a quick and easy solution. These were popular at first, but fell in use when the Civil War ended. Many were redeemed by the government and melted down in 1873, and no more were produced.
Finally, the three cent piece was made to solve a very particular problem—paying for postage. In the 1850's, the price of postage had been reduced from 5 cents to 3 cents. While paying with a nickel made for a simple transaction before, this was no longer the case. So, the government created three cent coins, also known as "trimes", to fill this void. They were the lightest weight coins ever minted by the U.S. government.
Nurses of the American Civil War, 1862
Your order will include:
- Three U.S. Coins:
- One 3 cent coin, dated 1851 - 1889
- One 2 cent coin, dated 1864 - 1873
- One large cent, dated 1820 -1857
- Acrylic display case
- Cloth pouch to prevent scratches
- Detail cards with relevant information about your unique coins
- Certificate of Authenticity
History Hoard relics are guaranteed authentic and have a 100% money back policy. Read more about the History Hoard Promise.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Your Certificate of Authenticity is more than just a piece of paper—it's a promise to you.
When you buy from History Hoard, you can rest assured that each of your new relics has been thoroughly inspected under the careful eyes of an antiquities specialist. Only items that are 100% certain to be authentic get sent to our customers.
Plus, we take great care to source our relics from only vetted antiquities experts, who are also committed to providing genuine and ethically sourced relics.
Check out this video to see the most basic things we look for when authenticating coins:
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Actually, many relics are able to be owned by anyone.
Typically, museums only want to display items that are either very rare or incredibly well preserved. This leaves many items that don't make the cut, and these are able to be owned by individuals.
While the items we sell aren't "museum grade," they still carry with them the same amount of history and uniqueness. Each relic was still hand made by a person, hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
One of our core values is not to damage or alter any of the artifacts we sell.
History needs to be preserved—after all, there is a limited amount of it that survives—but it is also something to be shared with the masses. For this reason, we put our relics in sturdy display cases that are safe to handle, but are mindful that someday the relic may need to be taken out again.
No glue or resin holds the items in place. Instead, we're developed our own method for holding the relics securely in their displays using pressure alone. In fact, any of our relics can be removed in their original condition by simply opening the display case.
You can find our complete FAQ section here.