Cent, United States, 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
date made
1792
mint
U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
city
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
province
United States: Pennsylvania
country
United States
political area
United States
Physical Description
bronze / silver center (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1.5 mm x 22.7 mm; 1/16 in x 29/32 in
ID Number
NU*81.55.1
catalog number
81.55.1
accession number
1981.1022
Credit Line
Mr. Meyer Morse
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Armed Forces History: National Numismatic Collection
Coins, Currency and Medals
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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