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Economic Commentary

The Trime

You might not have heard of the trime, the tiny 3-cent silver coin minted in the United States from 1851 to 1873, but it may have played a big role in shaping the kind of money you carry around in your wallet today.

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Suggested Citation

Bryan, Michael F. 2004. “The Trime.” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Commentary 1/15/2004.

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