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Two and Three Cents

Two and Three Cents

  • 1852 3CS Three Cent Silver NGC MS66
    1852 3CS Three Cent Silver NGC MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767221001

    1852 3CS Three Cent Silver NGC MS66

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  • 1852 3CS Three Cent Silver NGC MS67
    1852 3CS Three Cent Silver NGC MS67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 766914001

    1852 3CS Three Cent Silver NGC MS67

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  • 1865 2C RD Two Cent Pieces NGC MS66
    1865 2C RD Two Cent Pieces NGC MS66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 519159065

    1865 2C RD Two Cent Pieces NGC MS66

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  • 1865 3CN Three Cent Nickel NGC MS65
    1865 3CN Three Cent Nickel NGC MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767090011

    1865 3CN Three Cent Nickel NGC MS65

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  • 1866 3CN Three Cent Nickel NGC MS66
    1866 3CN Three Cent Nickel NGC MS66
    U.S. Mint
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    1866 3CN Three Cent Nickel NGC MS66

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  • 1868 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR65
    1868 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 519054011

    1868 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR65

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  • 1868 3CN Three Cent Nickel NGC MS65
    1868 3CN Three Cent Nickel NGC MS65
    U.S. Mint
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    1868 3CN Three Cent Nickel NGC MS65

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  • 1869 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR66
    1869 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767261003

    1869 3CS Proof Three Cent Silver PCGS PR66

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  • 1870 2C RB CAC Two Cent Pieces PCGS MS65
    1870 2C RB CAC Two Cent Pieces PCGS MS65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767563060

    1870 2C RB CAC Two Cent Pieces PCGS MS65

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  • 1871 2C CA Proof Two Cent Pieces NGC PR66
    1871 2C CA Proof Two Cent Pieces NGC PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767563012

    1871 2C CA Proof Two Cent Pieces NGC PR66

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  • 1874 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67
    1874 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 506180012

    1874 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67

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  • 1876 3CN CA Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR66
    1876 3CN CA Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 506072010

    1876 3CN CA Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR66

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  • 1880 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66
    1880 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 766894014

    1880 3CN CAC Proof Three Cent Nickel PCGS PR66

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  • 1880 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR65
    1880 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR65
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 504544012

    1880 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR65

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  • 1880 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67+
    1880 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67+
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 766802009

    1880 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67+

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  • 1882 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67
    1882 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67
    U.S. Mint
    | SKU: 767389023

    1882 3CN Proof Three Cent Nickel NGC PR67

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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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