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US coinage facts and history: The Three Cent Piece - (Nickle)

Authorized to be coined, Act of April 3, 1865. Weight, 30 grains; composed of 75 per cent. copper, and 25 per cent. nickle.

1865. Obverse: Liberty head facing left, hair bound by a ribbon, on the forehead a coronet inscribed "LIBERTY;" beneath, the date, "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA."

Reverse: "III" within a laurel wreath.