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The United States Mint in Philadelphia struck 4,801,000 Three-Cent Nickel coins in 1866, a steep decline from the year before. The issue is considered...
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With the passage of the Coinage Act of 1864, the United States Congress authorized the design and production of a brand-new denomination, the short-lived...
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Only 460 Three Cent Silver Proofs were struck in 1863 over the course of three days. The United States Mint in Philadelphia produced the...
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1858-D Type III Gold Dollar : A Collector’s Guide

The Dahlonega branch of the United States Mint struck 3,477 gold dollars in 1858, producing the entire issue from one pair of dies (Winter...
1862 Three-Cent Silver Coin. Image: Stack's Bowers.

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1848 "CAL" Liberty Head quarter eagle.

1848 “CAL” Liberty Head Quarter Eagle : A Collector’s Guide

The California Gold Rush may have been set off by James Wilson Marshall's January 24, 1848 discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill, but the...
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1865 Two Cent Piece : A Collector’s Guide

First struck in 1864 in an attempt to solve the nationwide coin shortage, caused by the onset of the U.S. Civil War, the Two...
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