Quick Facts About the Three Cent Nickel

1875 Three Cent Nickel

  • The three cent nickel was designed by James Barton Longacre, the Chief Engraver at the United States Mint.
  • It was introduced in 1865 to supplement the three cent silver (an existing three-cent coin that was being kept out of circulation by post-Civil War hoarders). It was also intended to replace the very unpopular three cent paper notes (“fractional currency,” also derisively nicknamed “shinplasters”).

Quick Facts about the Buffalo Nickel

1937 Buffalo Nickel

  • Designed by James Earle Fraser, sculptor and former assistant to Augustus Saint Gaudens
  • Also often called the Indian Head Nickel
  • Minted from 1913 to 1938, with no nickels minted in 1921 because of the recession

Quick Facts about the Peace Dollar

1922 Peace Dollar

  • Designed by Anthony de Francisci, who was only 34 years old at the time
  • Put into circulation on January 3, 1922
  • Composed of 90% silver and 10% copper, weighing 26.73 grams

Quick Facts About the Morgan Silver Dollar

1878 Morgan Silver Dollar

  • Officially named the “Liberty Head dollar”
  • Designed by George T. Morgan, then an Assistant Engraver at the U.S. Mint (later the Chief Engraver)
  • A Philadelphia schoolteacher named Anna Williams was the model for Lady Liberty
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