Birch Cent, United States, Pattern, 1792

<< >>
Description
United States Mint, Philadelphia. Obverse: Head of Liberty with flowing hair facing right, date below. Reverse: Denomination in wreath, fraction (1/100) below. This design has been traditionally ascribed to a British artist named William Russell Birch. Patterns with these designs were struck towards the end of 1792. By the time the cent entered formal production, however, its weight and size had been reduced, and another artist was brought in to design the coin.
[reference no. Judd 4]
date made
1792
maker
U.S. Mint
place made
United States
Associated Place
United States
Physical Description
copper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 25 mm x 32.5 mm; 31/32 in x 1 9/32 in
ID Number
1993.0532.0001
accession number
1993.0532
catalog number
1993.0532.0001
Credit Line
Gift of Stack's
See more items in
Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Coins, Currency and Medals
Exhibition
Stories on Money
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

Thank you for this opportunity to ask questions. This 1792 birch penny was made in Phila. Penn. How many were made and where would they likely go when they went into circulation? Thanks again
"Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, the number of Birch Cents minted and specifically where they circulated is unknown. There are only eleven of these coins known to remain today. If you are interested in Birch Cents and other early American coins, a good resource for more information is “America’s Money, America’s Story: A Chronicle of American Numismatic History” by Richard Doty. "

Add a comment about this object