Two Cent Piece (1864-1873)

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The two cent coin circulated from 1864 to 1873. In 1873, only 1,100 were made. They were all proofs though. Its mass was 6.221 grams. Its composition was 95% copper and 5% zinc and tin

Three Cent Silver (1851-1873)

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In 1851, the mint introduced 3 cent pieces. During circulation, the composition changed from 75% silver to 90% silver. These coins were so small, some people called them fish scales or trimes.

Three Cent Nickel (1865-1889)

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In 1865, the U.S. mint made three cent pieces made of nickel. It was circulating the same time as the silver three cent piece was circulating. This coin was made out of 75% copper and 25% nickel.

Shield Nickel (1866-1883)

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The Shield Nickel design was designed by James Barton Longacre. All of them were minted at the Philidelphia mint. The mass was 5 grams. It was made with 75% copper and 25% nickel. In 1866 the reverse had rays between the stars.

Liberty Head (1883-1913)

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This design was made from 1883 to 1913. Its standards are the same as the previous design. In 1913 only 5 Liberty Head nickels were struck. Two of them have proof-like surfaces. Three of them are in privately in collections, and the other two are in museums.

Buffalo (1913-1938)

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The Buffalo design has the same standards as the previous design. These coins were very popular when they came out in 1913. A lot can be found in mint state today.

Jefferson (1938-

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The Jefferson nickel was not very popular when they came out. During WWII, the composition changed to 56% copper, 35% silver, and 9% manganese. Today the composition is 75% copper and 25% nickel.