The obverse is similar to the Braided Hair large cent design that the Mint discontinued in 1857, only with the substitution of a markedly smaller date. The reverse displays 3 CENTS in the center surrounded by a laurel wreath with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA about the border. Struck in either bronze or copper with a plain edge.
PR65 Brown $3,220.00 (Jul 31, 2009 HA.com)
1863 3C Three Cents, Judd-320, Pollock-385, High R.7
This rare pattern is approximately the diameter of a large cent, and, in fact, the portrait is from a Petite Head device punch. Thirteen stars about create further nostalgia for the obsolete denomination, last coined in 1857. The reverse, however, is more reminiscent of the as-issued 1864 two cent piece, although the denomination is designated as 3 CENTS within a small wreath, with UNITED STATES OF AMERICA completing the statutory legends. Struck in aluminum with a plain edge. An extremely rare pattern; uspatterns.com states, "Only 3 or 4 are known in this metal."