Number of Required Coins : 45

Current Finest Possible Set Rating : 67.301

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The original silver three cent piece was first issued in 1851 to facilitate the purchase of postage stamps – three cents being the cost to mail a letter. Mintages stayed reasonably high through 1862, but with the coming of the Civil War, production slowed to a trickle and remained low through the end of the series in 1873. Most of the circulation strikes from this period never even made it to circulation and were melted in 1873. So needless to say, some tough dates here after 1862. The nickel three cent coin helped to alleviate the shortage of small change during and immediately after the war. Like the three cent silver piece, mintages at the beginning were very high, and then slowly tapered off. Most dates in the 1880s are scarce. While this set has no total show stoppers or major rarities, there are enough tough dates to make it a challenge, and a real accomplishment when complete.

All-Time Finest (All Eras)View PCGS Era
RankCollection% CompleteWeighted GPASet Rating
1 chugum 100.00% 64.00 64.00
2 SCARSDALE Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 51.11% 65.34 40.54
3 lostmountainman Click to view Set Images 68.89% 50.79 26.81
4 Enfield Collection Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 55.56% 49.45 18.31
5 Bear Creek Collection Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 11.11% 64.63 04.79
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Current Finest
RankCollection% CompleteWeighted GPASet Rating
1 chugum 100.00% 64.00 64.00
2 SCARSDALE Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 51.11% 65.34 40.54
3 lostmountainman Click to view Set Images 68.89% 50.79 26.81
4 Enfield Collection Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 55.56% 49.45 18.31
5 Bear Creek Collection Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 11.11% 64.63 04.79
6 Spencer Collection 6.67% 60.80 02.81
7 Paesan's 3c Pieces Click to Contact OwnerClick to view Set Images 4.44% 59.67 01.66
8 mikedeppe 11.11% 9.60 00.44