Click to enlargeJA1849-2/P3098

This simple design, struck in billon, along with its companion one cent piece JA1849-1/P3095 were made in 1849 to show what a three cent piece would look like sizewise. They were the idea of Representative Samuel Vinton on January 9, 1849 and were presented by mint director Robert Patterson on January 18.

This piece is ex-Mickley, Cohen, H. Chapman 7/22 (part of lot 892), Brand (journal #122063), Ford, 76 ANA, Coin Cabinet 9/97, Remy Bourne.

Photo courtesy of Stacks.