Saturday, October 10, 2009
Threeper Challenge Coin
Well, actually it's the reverse of a "three cent nickel" from 1888.
I thought it was pretty cool when I saw it.
Maybe we need to make something like that.
I really like the front side, too -- the old gal Columbia in her salad days.
LATER: Then again, they're pretty expensive. Here's a discussion and price list from a coin collector's site:
Another coin that most people aren't familiar with is the three cent piece.
Three cent coins were minted from 1851 to 1889. From 1851 to1873 they were made of 75% silver.
It's the smallest U.S. silver coin ever minted. I've owned a few of these, and boy are they tiny.
From 1865 to 1889, the composition was changed to copper-nickel and the coin became a little larger -- about the size of a dime.
The designer of both types of 3-cent coins was James B. Longacre, and all pieces were struck in Philadelphia.
Here's a little about their worth...
Nickel Three Cent Pieces
1888-1889 - $45.00 to $190.00
1882-1887 $175.00 to $300.00
1881 - $15.00 to $55.00
1879-1880 - $60.00 to $180.00
1878 Proof - $600.00
1877 Proof - $1,200.00
1876-1865 - $18.00 to $75.00