During the Civil War, coins were hoarded and in short supply. To help make change, the bronze 2¢ piece was introduced during the war year of 1864. Reflecting the religious fervor of the Civil War era, it was the first coin to bear the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. Featuring a Union shield on the obverse, 2¢ pieces were struck for circulation only until 1872.
In 1865, the final year of the Civil War, nickel 3¢ pieces were introduced to help alleviate the coin shortage and to facilitate the purchase of postage stamps. Struck in declining quantities until 1889, nickel 3¢ pieces depict Liberty and feature a large roman numeral III on the reverse. After 1889, millions of 3¢ pieces were returned to the mint for melting, making them elusive today.
As the 150th anniversary of the Civil War is commemorated, short-lived U.S. 2¢ and 3¢ pieces are in great demand among collectors and history buffs. And though these coins don’t meet industry grading standards, they offer an affordable way to own these collector favorites. SAVE when you buy both in our colorful, informative 5˝ x 3˝ Showpaks!
- Product Type: Sets
- Year: Mixed Years