The Three Cent Silver coins or “Trimes”, as they were called, were authorized by Congress March 3, 1851. The Three Cent Silver Trime was issued from 1851 – 1873 and is the smallest of United States silver coins. Three design varieties were produced of the Three Cent Silver coin: From 1851 – 1853 they were issued without lines bordering the six point star, 1854 – 1858 were issued with two lines bordering the star, and 1859 – 1873 with only one line. An olive sprig was also added to Three Cent Silver coins from 1854 – 1873. Almost all of the non-proof issues from 1863 – 1872 were melt in 1873 giving us most of the rarities of this series.