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Circulated Large Cent, Two Cent & Three Cent Three-Piece Set

See American history come to life right before your eyes with this three coin set! Unique and compelling, this set features coins in odd denominations that have been out of circulation for over 150 years!

The Large Cent was America's first one cent coin. It was struck only from 1793-1857, so it has been out of issue for more than 150 years. The coin is much larger than today's pennies and only slightly smaller than a modern half dollar. At the time it was issued, a penny had considerable buying power and was widely used.

The coin was struck in copper and is so large because it actually contained one penny's worth of copper. Understandably, people complained about the size and the fact that pockets full of these coins became way too heavy and inconvenient. Very few of these coins have survived. Most were melted long ago for the valuable copper.

The Two Cent piece was one of the least successful coins in U.S. history. The United States Mint produced it for only ten years, 1864-1873, and each year the mintage declined, reflecting steadily falling public interest in the coin.

The nickel Three Cent piece, produced from 1865-1889, was immediately popular, due to its appearance in large numbers in 1865 and its usefulness in replacing the fractional currency. These coins could also be used to purchase postage stamps (three cents being the postal rate at the time), thus eliminating the need for the hoarded copper-nickel cents.

Includes:
  • One Large One Cent Coin
  • One Two Cent Coin
  • One Three Cent Coin

Specifications
  • Coin Type: Large One Cent Coin
  • Quantity: One
  • Coin Grade: Circulated
  • Denomination: One Cent
  • Diameter: 27-29mm
  • Year: Varies
  • Mint Mark: Philadelphia, PA
  • Mintage Year(s): 1793 - 1857
  • Obverse: Profile of Lady Liberty
  • Reverse: Denomination written as "One Cent" surrounded by a wreath

Specifications
  • Coin Type: Two Cent Coin
  • Quantity: One
  • Coin Grade: Circulated
  • Denomination: Two Cents
  • Diameter: 23mm
  • Year: Varies
  • Mint Mark: Philadelphia, PA
  • Mintage Year(s): 1864 - 1873
  • Obverse: Shield-of-arms with an "In God We Trust" banner above it in front of a wreath and two crossed arrows
  • Reverse: Wreath and "United States of America" surround "2 Cents"

Specifications
  • Coin Type: Three Cent Coin
  • Quantity: One
  • Coin Grade: Circulated
  • Denomination: Three Cents
  • Diameter: 17.9mm
  • Year: Varies
  • Mint Mark: Philadelphia, PA
  • Mintage Year(s): 1865 - 1889
  • Obverse: Head of Liberty facing left and wearing a beaded coronet inscribed with "LIBERTY", the date and "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" circle the periphery
  • Reverse: Roman numeral three surrounded by a wreath

Please Note: The set comes packaged in a hinged fabric covered metal display box that measures approximately 6"L x 2-1/4"W x 1"H.

Distributed by The Franklin Mint, LLC.

About Franklin Mint:
Few companies in the entire world have touched the lives of more people than The Franklin Mint. For more than 40 years, the world's leading private mint has created treasured collectibles that not only bring us joy, but that enhance our lives as we share their beauty and significance with family and friends. Our goal is to offer products and experiences that touch the hearts and souls of millions with exceptional creativity, quality and integrity.

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Lincoln Cent:
The idea of striking an image of a past president on a circulating coin in the United States ignited a controversy in 1909. The act of honoring the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth by etching his likeness into the American cent directly violated a long-standing tradition in American coinage. Many believed that the custom established by George Washington of not using the images of presidents on circulating coins should be respected. Despite this resistance, the coin adopted the image of Lincoln and also the initials of the coin's designer, Victor D. Brenner. The relative prominence of the V.D.B. on the reverse of the coin led many to criticize the design. The initials were removed shortly thereafter but eventually returned in a more subtle form in 1918.

The coin debuted with a reverse featuring a pair of wheat ears encircling the words, "One Cent" and "United States of America". The term "Wheat Penny" derives from this reverse design. In 1959, to honor the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, a new reverse, designed by noted U.S. Mint Engraver, Frank Gasparro, replaced the original. The new reverse displayed a striking image of the Lincoln Memorial surrounded by the words, "One Cent" and "United States of America." This reverse design remained on the penny until 2009 when four new reverse images were introduced to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth and the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Cent. The four designs each honored a different stage of Lincoln's life and were released one at a time every three months over the course of the year.

About the Collection

Discover the collectability of The Franklin Mint - the world’s leading private mint for more than 45 years. Founded in 1964, the Franklin Mint first stepped into the international arena by striking legal tender coins for foreign nations. Shortly after, the company expanded and began offering the general public coins and collectibles of the utmost quality.

Today, Franklin Mint is known throughout the world for its impeccably crafted minted coins, die-cast models and collectible art. Offering rare pieces for first time and serious collectors, each item from the mint is an instant heirloom that can be enjoyed for generations to come.

About the Guest

Walter Kole is the Brand Curator for The Franklin Mint. As a member of the American Numismatic Association, Walter has over 30 years’ experience in the field of numismatics, philatelics, and related collectibles. He has purchased in excess of one million U.S. Mint and International official coins and limited commemorate issues. His decades of experience and passion for coins and collecting are evident in each rare piece that he presents.