Three cent silver pieces
were minted in three different types from 1851 to
1873. Though type 1 consists of only 4 of the
24 year/mint combinations, 85% of all 3 cent pieces
minted were type 1. Conversely, 15 of the 24
year/mint combinations are type 3 but together they
represent only 3.7% of the total mintage.
The combined silver
content of all 3 cent coins was 840,900 ounces.
By comparison, the silver content of quarters minted
in 1964 alone was 229,467,466 ounces; 273 times as
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.0193 Oz. silver