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
Object Name
coin
date made
1792
mint
U.S. Mint. Philadelphia
Physical Description
bronze / silver center (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1.5 mm x 22.7 mm; 1/16 in x 29/32 in
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
city
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
province
United States: Pennsylvania
country
United States
political area
United States
ID Number
NU*81.55.1
catalog number
81.55.1
accession number
1981.1022
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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
Title
United States, Copper Cent, Pattern, 1792
Credit Line
Mr. Meyer Morse
Related Publication
Glossary of Coins and Currency Terms
Publication URL
http://americanhistory.si.edu/coins/glossary.cfm
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