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: 755094013

    1851 3CS Three Cent Silver PCGS MS66

    $1,400.00
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  • 1857 3CS Three Cent Silver PCGS MS65
    1857 3CS Three Cent Silver PCGS MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 504218002

    1857 3CS Three Cent Silver PCGS MS65

    $2,970.00
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  • 1860 3CS Three Cent Silver NGC MS67
    1860 3CS Three Cent Silver NGC MS67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755094017

    1860 3CS Three Cent Silver NGC MS67

    $4,320.00
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  • 1861 3CS CAC Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR65
    1861 3CS CAC Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 910026031

    1861 3CS CAC Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR65

    $3,240.00
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  • 1861 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR65
    1861 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 516821042

    1861 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR65

    $2,332.75
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  • 1862 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR63
    1862 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR63
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 504134004

    1862 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR63

    $1,008.00
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  • 1864 2C Large Mott CA CAC Proof Two Cent Pieces PCGS PR66
    1864 2C Large Mott CA CAC Proof Two Cent Pieces PCGS PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 756205049

    1864 2C Large Mott CA CAC Proof Two Cent Pieces PCGS PR66

    $35,100.00
  • 1864 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR67
    1864 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755094024

    1864 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR67

    $8,100.00
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  • 1864 Large Motto RD Two Cent Pieces NGC MS66
    1864 Large Motto RD Two Cent Pieces NGC MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 752294004

    1864 Large Motto RD Two Cent Pieces NGC MS66

    $3,240.00
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  • 1864 Small Motto BN CAC Two Cent Pieces PCGS AU53
    1864 Small Motto BN CAC Two Cent Pieces PCGS AU53
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 516688042

    1864 Small Motto BN CAC Two Cent Pieces PCGS AU53

    $1,176.00
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  • 1865 3CS CA Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR66
    1865 3CS CA Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 756015004

    1865 3CS CA Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR66

    $5,238.00
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  • 1866 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR64
    1866 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR64
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 504134005

    1866 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR64

    $1,400.00
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  • 1868 2C CA CAC Proof Two Cent Pieces PCGS PR66+
    1868 2C CA CAC Proof Two Cent Pieces PCGS PR66+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 756205059

    1868 2C CA CAC Proof Two Cent Pieces PCGS PR66+

    $19,440.00
  • 1868 2C RB Proof Two Cent Pieces PCGS PR62
    1868 2C RB Proof Two Cent Pieces PCGS PR62
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 504169030

    1868 2C RB Proof Two Cent Pieces PCGS PR62

    $560.00
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  • 1868 3CN CA CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR67
    1868 3CN CA CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 756205060

    1868 3CN CA CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR67

    $5,940.00
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  • 1869 3CN CAC Three Cent Nickel PCGS MS66
    1869 3CN CAC Three Cent Nickel PCGS MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 502734004

    1869 3CN CAC Three Cent Nickel PCGS MS66

    $1,763.13
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  • 1870 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR64
    1870 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR64
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755799008

    1870 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR64

    $2,970.00
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  • 1871 2C Proof Two Cent Pieces PCGS PR66+
    1871 2C Proof Two Cent Pieces PCGS PR66+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 516684007

    1871 2C Proof Two Cent Pieces PCGS PR66+

    $10,260.00
  • 1871 2C RB NGC Plus Proof Two Cent Pieces NGC PR66+
    1871 2C RB NGC Plus Proof Two Cent Pieces NGC PR66+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 504132022

    1871 2C RB NGC Plus Proof Two Cent Pieces NGC PR66+

    $3,510.00
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  • 1872 2C BN Two Cent Pieces NGC MS62
    1872 2C BN Two Cent Pieces NGC MS62
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 756015002

    1872 2C BN Two Cent Pieces NGC MS62

    $2,549.75
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  • 1872 3CS Three Cent Silver NGC MS65
    1872 3CS Three Cent Silver NGC MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755799007

    1872 3CS Three Cent Silver NGC MS65

    $8,100.00
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  • 1873 3CS CA Proof Three Cent Silver NGC PR67
    1873 3CS CA Proof Three Cent Silver NGC PR67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 504218003

    1873 3CS CA Proof Three Cent Silver NGC PR67

    $8,370.00
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  • 1874 3CN Three Cent Nickel PCGS MS65
    1874 3CN Three Cent Nickel PCGS MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755094028

    1874 3CN Three Cent Nickel PCGS MS65

    $840.00
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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

    $5,130.00
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  • 1880 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR67
    1880 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 516821043

    1880 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR67

    $1,008.00
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  • 1881 3CN NGC Plus Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67+
    1881 3CN NGC Plus Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 502608044

    1881 3CN NGC Plus Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67+

    $8,586.00
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  • 1883 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR65
    1883 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 756223037

    1883 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR65

    $2,278.50
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  • 1888 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66
    1888 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755105015

    1888 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66

    $784.00
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  • 1889 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66
    1889 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755128008

    1889 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66

    $756.00
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  • 1889 3CN CAC Three Cent Nickel PCGS MS65
    1889 3CN CAC Three Cent Nickel PCGS MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 516821045

    1889 3CN CAC Three Cent Nickel PCGS MS65

    $840.00
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  • 1889 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66
    1889 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 755105016

    1889 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66

    $784.00
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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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