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THREE CENT NICKLE 1871
1871 Three-Cent Nickel
The Three-Cent Nickel might sound unfamiliar to you because of not only how few were minted, but also due to the fact that they were minted many decades ago. Nowadays, these coins are becoming increasingly difficult to find, but are growing ever more valuable. The 1871 Three-Cent Nickel may not be sitting in every coin shop in the US, but it is desired by just about every collector.
As for the coin’s appearance, the obverse side boasts the large, central picture of Lady Liberty. Lady Liberty is facing leftward in this photo, and appears as stoic as ever. Surrounding the image in the center is a raised inscription which reads “United States of America.” Beneath Lady Liberty’s picture is a raised inscription marking the 1871 year of minting. Finally, it must be mentioned that the outer edges of both sides of the coin are reeded.
The reverse side of the 1871 Three-Cent Nickel is a bit more simplistic than the obverse. In the center, you will find the three cent face value indicated by a large Roman numeral. Mostly surrounding the face value is a wreath, which is depicted in incredible detail when you consider the technology that was available back in 1871.