Origin: Though today only the penny and the nickel remain, the United States once produced a three cent piece to bridge the gap between these values. A copper and nickel coin, this US Civil War era piece has the portrait of liberty on the obverse and the Roman numeral "III" on the reverse.
Before the cataclysm of the Civil War, plans were already underway for this specific
denomination: Congress originally began producing three cent pieces out of silver in 1851, due to the cost of postage being lowered from five cents.
As much of US coinage was made from precious metals at the time, hoarding coins and even melting them down for the value of the metal itself had become a real problem. During the war this problem escalated to the point that the treasury was forced to issue fractional paper notes, which were called "shinplasters" by the public.
These two issues of hoarding and discarded paper money were partially solved by the introduction of the three-cent nickel, which was much cheaper to produce and wouldn't be hoarded for its raw material. Three cent coins were very popular during the war and saw production until 1889, having lost favor to the five cent nickel introduced in 1866.
Each includes a Certificate of Authenticity.
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- One U.S. three cent nickel
- Glass top leather display box
- Detail card with relevant information about the relic
- Certificate of Authenticity
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