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Two and Three Cents

Two and Three Cents

  • 1851 3CS Three Cent Silver PCGS MS66+
    1851 3CS Three Cent Silver PCGS MS66+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 769662040

    1851 3CS Three Cent Silver PCGS MS66+

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  • 1852 3CS CAC Three Cent Silver PCGS MS65+
    1852 3CS CAC Three Cent Silver PCGS MS65+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 769602001

    1852 3CS CAC Three Cent Silver PCGS MS65+

    $1,062.50
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  • 1852 3CS Three Cent Silver NGC MS66 (769485001)
    1852 3CS Three Cent Silver NGC MS66 (769485001)
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 769485001

    1852 3CS Three Cent Silver NGC MS66 (769485001)

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  • 1857 3CS Brown Label Three Cent Silver NGC MS65
    1857 3CS Brown Label Three Cent Silver NGC MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767782001

    1857 3CS Brown Label Three Cent Silver NGC MS65

    $2,750.00
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  • 1864 Large Motto RD Two Cent Pieces PCGS MS66
    1864 Large Motto RD Two Cent Pieces PCGS MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 769662009

    1864 Large Motto RD Two Cent Pieces PCGS MS66

    $2,937.50
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  • 1866 3CN Three Cent Nickel NGC MS66
    1866 3CN Three Cent Nickel NGC MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 765486001

    1866 3CN Three Cent Nickel NGC MS66

    $1,312.50
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  • 1869 2C RB Proof Two Cent Pieces NGC PR66 (766824001)
    1869 2C RB Proof Two Cent Pieces NGC PR66 (766824001)
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 766824001

    1869 2C RB Proof Two Cent Pieces NGC PR66 (766824001)

    $2,812.50
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  • 1872 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR63
    1872 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR63
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 506271002

    1872 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR63

    $1,187.50
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  • 1872 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR64
    1872 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR64
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 506271004

    1872 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR64

    $1,312.50
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  • 1877 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66
    1877 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 766824007

    1877 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66

    $3,240.00
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  • 1879 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67+
    1879 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767549007

    1879 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67+

    $1,562.50
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  • 1882 3CN PRCA Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67+
    1882 3CN PRCA Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 768671002

    1882 3CN PRCA Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67+

    $2,125.00
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Two and Three Cent Coins:

The American Civil War caused a severe shortage of all coins in circulation. The Confederate States of America issued a lot of paper money that was not backed by gold or silver in the CSA’s treasury. The federal government also felt the pressure of people hoarding every coin they could find. So, the Union government began printing paper currency in 1861 to help pay for the war effort. It wasn’t just gold and silver coins that were being hoarded. Copper coins were also being taken out of circulation. Inflation drove prices higher for food, clothing and all the necessities so the Mint responded by creating Two Cent Pieces and two types of Three Cent coins.

Two cent pieces were larger than cents and had twice the amount of copper in them. These coins were issued from 1864 until 1873. As a show of national unity in a divided country, these two cent coins were the very first coins to carry the motto “IN GOD WE TRUST” on them. While a few varieties are scarcer, assembling a complete collection of these coins is affordable.

There were two types of three cent pieces – Silver Three Cent Pieces and Nickel Three Cent Pieces. The Silver Three Cent coins were struck beginning in 1851, but extremely low mintages of these coins occurred during the years comprising the Civil War and until they were discontinued in 1873. Because these coins were made of silver, they were hoarded, even though they are the smallest silver coin ever struck by the US government.

To combat the hoarding of silver coins, the government struck a Three Cent coin that was made of nickel and copper beginning in 1865, the last year of the War. These coins were struck in larger quantities during the first years of their existence to offset the shortage of change after the War. They were struck until 1889 but the mintage numbers were small. Sets of both types of Three Cent coins provide a challenge for collectors but are possible to complete.

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