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Nickel 3 Cents, 1868
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The 1868 three-cent piece is a nickel coin that is one of only two series of that denomination ever minted in the United States. The previous US coin was silver alloy. Althoug...Read more
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Three cent nickel--a contradiction in terms ?
It seems a contradiction in terms--such a beautiful coin with the Roman numeral 3 (III) on the back, made of nickel, also called a nickel. No one alive today who does not coll...Read more
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A strange coin but a beautiful piece of history.
I love a "3 cent nickel" as it's called. My freinds can't believe What a 3 cent/n looks like. They too wonder where are all these old coins & why don't we use th...Read more
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The 1868 three-cent piece is a nickel coin that is one of only two series of that denomination ever minted in the United States. The previous US coin was silver alloy. Although it was considerably smaller and lighter, people hoarded it for its precious metal content, which kept the coin out of circulation. In 1864, Congress authorized a new US coin of the same denomination to be cast from an alloy of 25 percent nickel and 75 percent copper. The government commissioned Chief Engraver John B. Longacre for the design. For the Longacre’s portrayal of Liberty wearing a coronet on the obverse is very similar to that on his designs for the gold dollar and the double eagle. A wreath surrounding the Roman numeral ‘III’ is on the reverse side. The total mintage of this nickel coin was 3,252,000 and approximately 600 proofs were struck. Due to lack of popularity, this US coin were not widely circulated so it is not uncommon to find this 1868 three-cent piece in fine or very fine condition.

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GeoUnited States
Sub GeoNot Available
Coinage TypeCirculation Coinage
DenominationNickel 3 Cents
Year1868
CompositionCopper-Nickel
Catalog NumberKM# 95

Mint NameU.S. Mint
Obverse DescriptionCoronet head left, date below
Reverse DescriptionRoman numeral value within wreath
Obverse LegendUNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Diameter (mm.)17.9
Weight (g.)1.94

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Three cent nickel--a contradiction in terms ?

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Created: 13/05/12
It seems a contradiction in terms--such a beautiful coin with the Roman numeral 3 (III) on the back, made of nickel, also called a nickel. No one alive today who does not collect old USA coins ever heard of anything but a FIVE cent nickel. I love having about half a dozen of them and can't wait to go to the next coin show and have all the assembled dealers tell me they are worth far more than I paid for them.
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A strange coin but a beautiful piece of history.

 | Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
Created: 10/05/12
I love a "3 cent nickel" as it's called. My freinds can't believe What a 3 cent/n looks like. They too wonder where are all these old coins & why don't we use them. Not much life left in them I tell them. All the old coins fasinate me so that is why I collect them. A very nice coin...THANKS gkre4687
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A unique specific purpose coin,

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Created: 10/10/12
This is a unique coin with a unique history (i.e it's purpose in the the first place). Happy to add it to my collection
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