Start your coin collection with this 4 piece set from the Civil War Era. The set includes:
- Indian Head Penny: James Longacre designed the famed Indian Head penny, showcasing a young woman wearing a uniquely American symbol of a Native American headdress. In 1860, the reverse was changed from a wreath of laurel to a wreath of oak leaves and entwined in the ribbon at the bottom of the coin was three arrows. The ¾ inch coin’s composition included 88% copper and 12% nickel and weighed a total of 72 grains.
- Two-Cent Coin: For the first time, the motto “In God We Trust” appeared on U.S. coinage on a scrolling ribbon on the obverse of the 1864 Two-Cent piece. Under this banner, designer James Longacre placed a union shield wrapped in laurel branches. On the reverse, the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA heralded a wreath of wheat tied in a bowless knot. The 7/8 inch coin was comprised of 95% copper and 5% tin/zinc and weighed 96 grains.
- Three Cent Nickel: After a successful lobbying effort by nickel miners, the Three Cent Nickel was introduced in 1865. <#_ftn3> This new coin weighed in at 30 grains and was comprised of 75% copper and 25% nickel. The designer, James Longacre, featured the profile of lady Liberty. On the simple and elegant reverse, the Roman numeral III is encircled by a wreath of laurel.
- Seated Liberty Half-Dime: The figure of seated Liberty is featured on the obverse of the Half-Dime, unchanged from other Seated Liberty issues. Designer Christian Gobrecht designed the reverse for the half-dime with a wreath of the nation’s four leading agricultural products—corn, cotton, tobacco, and wheat—surrounding the words HALF DIME. The composition of this coin was 90% silver with 10% copper and weighed 19.2 grains.
This product works both as a starter kit and as a completion to the Civil War Map (product #: L521 - sold separately).