Metro East Coin & Currency Club
U.S. Five Cent Piece
Minted 1866 to date. These coins received their nickname of the Nickel, because of its metal content. The five cent piece was 75% copper and 25% nickel. One of the few coins throughout history to maintain its weight (5 grams) and composition.
U.S. Twenty-Five Cent Piece
The Washington Quarter reverse designs started changing each year in 1999 with the 50 State quarters program. In 2009 the reverses reflected the US Territories and D.C. It continued changing reverse designs in 2010 for the America The Beautiful quarters program.
U.S. One Dollar Piece
Minted 1794 to date with many years with zero mintage. These coins had metal content of 90% silver until 1935. No dollar coins were struck from 1936 to 1970. Then short lived circulating versions with different compositions were tried. It has been minted at Philadelphia, New Orleans, Carson City, San Francisco and Denver.
U.S. Twenty-Five Cent Piece
Minted 1796 to date. These coins had metal content of 90% silver until 1965. The 25 cent piece has slightly decreased in weight from 6.74 to 6.25 grams. It has been minted at Philadelphia, New Orleans, Carson City, San Francisco and Denver. The mark of value has changed from 25 C. to QUAR. DOL. to QUARTER DOLLAR.
U.S. Large Cents
(General history – from Wikipedia)
First struck in 1793, the large cent was coined every year from 1793 to 1857 minus one year (1815) due to a shortage of copper. The Philadelphia Mint produced all large cents, which contained twice the copper of the half cent. This made the coins bulky and heavy, bigger than modern-day U.S. Quarters.
U.S. Fifty Cent Piece
Minted 1794 to date. These coins had metal content of 90% silver until 1965. The metal content dropped to 40% silver from 1966 to 1970. The 50 cent piece has slightly decreased in weight from 13.48 to 11.34 grams. It has been minted at Philadelphia, New Orleans, Carson City, San Francisco and Denver.
U.S. Half Dimes
Minted between 1795 and 1873. These coins were the precursor to the Nickel, offered in many varieties and are highly sought after in high grades. Originally weighing 1.35 grams later dropping to 1.24 grams.
U.S. Off Denomination Pieces
The Half-Cent piece was the lowest face value coin struck by the Mint (1793-1857). The Two-Cent piece was the first coin with IN GOD WE TRUST (1864-1873). The Three-Cent piece had two varieties: Silver Trime and Nickel, each with unique designs. The Twenty-Cent piece lasted just 4 years (1875-1878), but the last 2 years were proof only issues.
U.S. Small Cents
First struck in 1856, the small cent was coined every year from 1856 to present day. Small cent composition and weight has change over the years.
1856-1864 88% copper / 12% nickel / 4.67 grams
1864-1942 95% copper / 5% zinc / 3.11 grams
1943 zinc-coated steel / 2.70 grams
1944-1982 95% copper / 5% zinc / 3.11 grams
1982-2015 97.5% zinc / 2.5% copper / 2.50 grams
U.S. Ten Cent Piece
Minted 1796 to date. These coins had metal content of 90% silver until 1965. The ten cent piece has closely maintained its weight from 2.7 to 2.5 grams. It has been minted at Philadelphia, New Orleans, Carson City, San Francisco, Denver and in 1996 a special one year issue from West Point.