|Three Cent Piece Silver|
The Three Cent Silver coin featured a shield on a six sided star on the obverse and the Roman numeral III on the reverse. The coin was initially composed of 75% silver and 25% copper to ensure that the coin would be considered real currency yet not worth melting down for the silver.
The Three Cent Silver coins were physically the lightest weight coins ever minted by the United States, weighing only 4/5 of a gram and with a diameter smaller than a modern dime and only slightly greater than the smallest gold dollars. The Three Cent Silver coins were known as “fishscales”. The term “trimes” is often used today for these coins.
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