These coins were much smaller thandimesin diameter and thickness, appearing to be "half dimes". In the 1860s, powerful interests promoting the use ofnickelas a metal for use in coinage successfully lobbied for the creation of newthreeandfive centcoins, which would be made of acopper-nickelalloy; production of such coins began in 1865 and 1866, respectively. The introduction of the copper-nickel three and five-cent pieces made thesilvercoins of the same denomination redundant, and both silver denominations were discontinued in 1873. Wikipedia
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