United States, Copper Cent, Pattern, 1792

Description
United States Mint, Philadelphia. Obverse: Head of Liberty facing right, unbound hair; date below. Reverse: Value within wreath, fraction (1/100) below. The silver center cent pattern was an attempt to create a cent worth its stated denomination, while doing away with a large, heavy copper coin. The silver plug was inserted to raise the intrinsic value.
Henry Voigt cut the dies. About a dozen of these coins are known to have been produced. The experiment was abandoned, probably due to the difficulty of manufacture. [reference no. Judd 1]
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
coin
Date made
1792
mint
U.S. Mint, Philadelphia
Physical Description
bronze / silver center (overall material)
Measurements
overall: dia. 22.7 mm; wt. 4.380 g
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
city
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
province
United States: Pennsylvania
country
United States
political area
United States
ID Number
1981.1022.0001
catalog number
81.55.1
accession number
1981.1022
catalog number
1981.1022.0001
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
Meyer, Morse
Publication title
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/coins/glossary.cfm
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