The Two Cents is a denomination that first appeared in 1864, during a period of coin shortages caused by the Civil War. The obverse of the Two Cents denomination features a shield with a pair of arrows crossed behind, dangles of leaves and berries on both sides, a scroll with IN GOD WE TRUST above, and the date below. The reverse shows the denomination “2 CENTS” within a wreath, all surrounded by the legend United States of America. Two Cents were issued from 1864 to 1873 and mintages declined steadily each year.
The United States Three Cent piece is a denomination that first appeared in 1851. The original purpose of the Three Cents coins was to provide an intermediate denomination between the Cent and Half Dime.
In 1865 the Nickel Three Cent piece was introduced.