This original odd couple of American numismatics came about due in part to the coin shortage that developed during the Civil War. The bronze 2¢ coin is a great collector favorite today — noteworthy for the first appearance of the motto, IN GOD WE TRUST and for its brief minting span that output a total of just 46 million pieces. A silver version of the petite 3¢ piece referred to as "postage stamp money" was already in use, but hoarding of precious metals during the war led to a change of composition to copper-nickel. Both of these curious denominations circulated heavily in the aftermath of the war, leaving comparatively few available in collectible condition today. Well-traveled Good quality.