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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.|
|Sub Geo||Not Available|
|Coinage Type||Circulation Coinage|
|Denomination||Nickel 3 Cents|
|Catalog Number||KM# 95|
|Mint Name||U.S. Mint|
|Obverse Description||Coronet head left, date below|
|Reverse Description||Roman numeral value within wreath|
|Obverse Legend||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
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