As unbelievable as it seems today, in 1865 the U.S. Mint produced 1 cent, 2 cent and 3 cent coins! The Indian Head cent (1859-1909) had recently been transitioned to copper, as nickel was in demand for the Civil War. Copper 2 cent Shield pieces (1864-1871) were a short-lived and now long-obsolete coin that introduced the first inscription of In God We Trust. The historic 3 cent nickel was introduced after the Civil War, when super-hard nickel was no longer needed for armaments. Only 32 million ever existed. The compact piece, with one of the prettiest Liberty engravings on U.S. coinage, was originally referred to as postage stamp money, as it was convenient for buying 3 cent stamps. All of these coins are in Good to Fine condition and passed through many hands during the Civil War and Wild West eras.
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I purchased these coins because I thought they would make a fun conversation piece. They were issued just after the War Between the States, and you could probably purchase something for 2-cents or 3-cents.