United States, One Cent, New Hampshire Copper Pattern, 1776

Description
Produced at William Moulton's private mint. Obverse: Pine tree; legend AMERICAN – LIBERTY. Reverse: Harp; 1776 at lower right. These coppers were cast by William Moulton on behalf of the state of New Hampshire. It has been estimated that between four and five thousand were manufactured. Eight or nine are currently known.
The pine tree may refer to the New Hampshire's immense forests. The reverse harp picks up on a device used on some Continental Currency, suggesting a harmony of interests between major strings and minor ones, large states and small ones.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coin
Date made
1776
engraver
Moulton, William
designer
Moulton, William
Physical Description
bronze (overall material)
Measurements
overall: dia. 28 mm; wt. 7.567 g
Place Made
United States: New Hampshire
province
United States: New Hampshire
country
United States
political area
United States
ID Number
1982.0798.0039
accession number
1982.0798
catalog number
1982.0798.0039
subject
Coins, Currency and Medals
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Political History: National Numismatic Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Norweb, Emery
Publication title
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/coins/glossary.cfm
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