All silver 3¢ are scarce today. Back in the 1850s America`s smallest silver coin, certainly caused problems because of its size. Just 14mm in diameter (today`s dime is 17.9mm), this tiny 19th century coin would easily get lost in pockets, and with workers earning less than10¢ an hour that caused a problem! Today it`s easy to see 3¢ had lots of buying power back then. Recall those early days with this 1852 three-cent piece.