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1852-1853 Type 1 Silver Three Cent Piece in holder


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Add numismatic prestige to your collection with a silver 3¢ piece struck over 165 years ago before the Civil War began. Introduced in 1851 as an intermediate-value coin between cents and half dimes, silver 3¢ pieces became especially useful when the price of a postage stamp dropped from 5¢ to 3¢ due to cheaper rail transportation of mail. Three design types were issued during the 1851-1873 series. The first type struck for just three years from 1851-1853 was minted in 75% silver. The Type 1 obverse features a six-sided star with a single outline and shield in the center, while the reverse features an ornamental “C” (for cents) encircling a roman numeral three.

When silver coinage was being hoarded during the Civil War era, the silver 3¢ piece was replaced by nickel 3¢ coins. However, when postal rates increased, the three-cent denomination lost its usefulness and soon came to an end. Thanks to a recent purchase, you can now own an affordable 1852-1853 Type 1 Silver 3¢ Piece in a handsome display holder.

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  • Material: Silver
  • Presentation: With Holder
  • Product Type: Single Products
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