Discover the intriguing history surrounding the issuance of the US Three Cent Coinage in both silver and and nickel from 1851-89. Was there more to the story than it was only issued to buy postage stamps in 1851? When did the concept or idea for an American 3-cent coin begin? Answer: As early as the California Gold Rush in late1848. What other coin denomination was also recommended along with the 'THREE' in 1848-9? Do you know what other non monetary use for the silver 3-cent piece blossomed during its lifetime? Why the 1851-O issue? Values and grading of both metal content issues as well as proof issues and mint error coins will also be briefly covered.