3 Cent Silver Pieces for Sale

The 3-Cent silver piece was produced by the U.S. Mint from 1851 to 1873 in very limited quantities. This coin has an interesting history, and came about due to the lowering of postage rates from five cents to three cents in 1851. The 3-Cent silver piece was initially produced with 75 percent silver and 25 percent copper in order to try to discourage the melting of the coins for their silver content. These silver coins, sometimes referred to as “fish scales,” are the smallest coins ever produced by the U.S. Mint. In 1854, the coin’s composition was changed to include 90 percent silver in an attempt to encourage circulation. The 3-Cent silver piece was discontinued by the Coinage Act of 1873. Order one today!