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The trime was the first US coin minted specifically for use to pay a postal rate - the new 3c rate of July 1, 1851. The pattern on card shown above is one of two known (the other in Philadelphia Library). It was used as a stationery essay as well.

These are from an exhibit I did in 2006 - "Paying the Postage" which may be viewed here:
http://www.rfrajola.com/wash2006/wash2006frame3.htm

Posted by Richard Frajola

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  1. Savoychina1 Savoychina1, 4 years ago
    WOW! I mean, I went to the web site and I have a lot to say but I can't get past the "WOW".
  2. AC_Dwyer AC_Dwyer, 4 years ago
    I have to second the sentiment above - WOW! I went to the website also and I have to say that is one of the coolest exhibits I've seen and I've seen quite a few. While I haven't been to any stamp shows, I've been to more than a few coin shows and have seen other displays combining both numismatic and philatelic subjects, but none were as interesting as yours. Very nicely done!

    I also like the image of the "trime." Another denomination on Collectors Weekly that gets no respect.

    Potrero - if you see this, you should add the 3-cent trime as 2 separate categories. One for the 3-cent silver trime and the other the 3-cent nickel trime as they are 2 different designs.
  3. covers covers, 4 years ago
    AC_Dwyer (and Potrero) - Thank you both for your kind comments. I had a lot of fun with the exhibit as few people on the postal history side understand things such as the "weird" rates based on Spanish real and few on the coin side pay attention to why the coins may have been introduced - or the real dearth of US coins in daily commerce.

    I might mention that the $3 gold piece was also minted to pay for sheets of 3c stamps (see page here: http://www.rfrajola.com/wash2006/wash2006frame1.htm)

    PS to AC_Dwyer - I think we met at a Longbeach show a few years ago at the Heritage sale of Mayer encased postage and the sale of some of your currency.
  4. AC_Dwyer AC_Dwyer, 4 years ago
    It's very possible we met. The last time I was at the Long Beach show was a few years ago.

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