1 Cent, United States, 1793

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One (1) cent coin

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United States, 1793

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Obverse Image: Right-facing Liberty.

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Obverse Text: LIBERTY / 1793

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Reverse Image: Unbroken chain.

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The 1793 chain cent is one of the first circulating coins produced at the United States mint in Philadelphia. Objections to the coin were immediately raised by the public, with complaints that the chain design suggested slavery, and Liberty appeared wild and uncivilized. As a result, both were short-lived.

Date Made: 1793

Mint: United States MintObverse Designer: Droz, J. P.Reverse Designer: Droz, J. P.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United StatesPlace Of Issue: United States

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1991.0357.0001Catalog Number: 1991.0357.0001Accession Number: 1991.0357

Object Name: coin

Physical Description: copper (overall metal)0 (overall die axis)0 (overall die axis measurement)struck (overall production method)Measurements: overall: .3 cm x 2.8 cm; 1/8 in x 1 3/32 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-3133-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1075132

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