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Two and Three Cents

Two and Three Cents

  • 1851-O 3CS Three Cent Silver NGC MS61
    1851-O 3CS Three Cent Silver NGC MS61
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 759469122

    1851-O 3CS Three Cent Silver NGC MS61

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  • 1851 3CS Three Cent Silver PCGS MS66
    1851 3CS Three Cent Silver PCGS MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 757907004

    1851 3CS Three Cent Silver PCGS MS66

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  • 1854 3CS FS-301 Three Cent Silver PCGS MS63
    1854 3CS FS-301 Three Cent Silver PCGS MS63
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 756550001

    1854 3CS FS-301 Three Cent Silver PCGS MS63

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  • 1865 2C RB Two Cent Pieces NGC MS66
    1865 2C RB Two Cent Pieces NGC MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 759469120

    1865 2C RB Two Cent Pieces NGC MS66

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  • 1866 3CN NGC Plus Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR66+
    1866 3CN NGC Plus Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR66+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 759469125

    1866 3CN NGC Plus Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR66+

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  • 1866 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver NGC PR67
    1866 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver NGC PR67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 759469123

    1866 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver NGC PR67

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  • 1870 2C RD Proof Two Cent Pieces PCGS PR64
    1870 2C RD Proof Two Cent Pieces PCGS PR64
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758890027

    1870 2C RD Proof Two Cent Pieces PCGS PR64

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  • 1871 2C RB CAC Two Cent Pieces PCGS MS65
    1871 2C RB CAC Two Cent Pieces PCGS MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758847034

    1871 2C RB CAC Two Cent Pieces PCGS MS65

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  • 1872 2C BN CAC Two Cent Pieces PCGS MS64
    1872 2C BN CAC Two Cent Pieces PCGS MS64
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 759368090

    1872 2C BN CAC Two Cent Pieces PCGS MS64

    $3,672.00
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  • 1873 3CN Closed 3 CA Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR66
    1873 3CN Closed 3 CA Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 759469126

    1873 3CN Closed 3 CA Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR66

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  • 1877 3CN CA CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67
    1877 3CN CA CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758847003

    1877 3CN CA CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67

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  • 1877 3CN CA Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67
    1877 3CN CA Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 756270036

    1877 3CN CA Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67

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  • 1877 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR65
    1877 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 910178030

    1877 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR65

    $2,970.00
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  • 1882 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR66
    1882 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 910111023

    1882 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR66

    $666.00
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  • 1882 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR67
    1882 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 758939015

    1882 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR67

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  • 1883 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR68
    1883 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR68
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 910191006

    1883 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR68

    $3,510.00
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  • 1883 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR68
    1883 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR68
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 757007015

    1883 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR68

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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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