– Three Cent Nickel (1865 - 1889)

The Three Cent Nickel, minted from 1865 to 1889, represents a significant departure from its predecessor, the Three Cent Silver, and reflects the changing economic and technological landscape of the post-Civil War era in the United States. Designed by James B.  

Longacre, the Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, the Three Cent Nickel was introduced to address the shortage of circulating coinage and the need for a more durable and cost-effective alternative. 

The obverse of the Three Cent Nickel features a right-facing bust of Liberty with her hair tied in a bun and adorned with a coronet inscribed with the word "LIBERTY." The design is elegant and refined, with a focus on the facial features of Liberty and minimal ornamentation. 

The reverse of the coin depicts a Roman numeral III surrounded by a laurel wreath, symbolizing victory and honor. The denomination "3 CENTS" appears below the wreath, with the inscription "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" encircling the periphery. 

Unlike the Three Cent Silver, which was composed primarily of silver, the Three Cent Nickel was made from a composition of 75% copper and 25% nickel. This alloy gave the coin its distinctive whitish appearance and improved durability, making it suitable for widespread circulation. 

The Three Cent Nickel underwent several modifications during its production, including changes in the design elements and the addition of rays to the reverse to denote changes in weight caused by fluctuations in the price of nickel.  

These variations add depth and complexity to the series, making each issue unique and contributing to the diversity of collecting. 

The Three Cent Nickel played an important role in the economy of the late 19th century and was widely used for everyday transactions. It was particularly popular for purchasing postage stamps and was also used in vending machines and other automated devices. 

Collecting Strategies: Collectors may pursue various strategies when acquiring the 1932-D Washington Quarter. Some aim to assemble a complete set of Washington Quarters, including all mint marks and major varieties.  

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