Although the Civil War had ended a year earlier, gold and silver coins were slow in returning to circulation. So in 1866, the U.S. Mint struck over 4.8 million three-cent pieces to help make change, buy postage stamps (which were 3¢) and retire the fractional notes. Today, well over a century later, the odd 3¢ denomination and its classic design have vanished into the annals of history. Yet, because of collectors like you, they still survive to be enjoyed by all. Take advantage of this opportunity to add one to your collection today!