Did you know the United States Mint produced a three cent coin? These coins were minted from 1851 to 1889. The three cent silver coin was minted from 1851 thru 1873. This coin was made of 75% silver. A three cent nickel version was produced between 1865 to 1889. The 3 cent coin was the smallest coin ever produced by the United States Mint. It even earned the nickname “fishscale”!!