1/2 Cent, Massachusetts, 1787

Description (Brief):

One (1) 1/2 cent coin

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Massachusetts, 1787

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Obverse Image: Standing Native American male holding a bow and arrow.

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Reverse Image: Eagle with shield over chest. Branch in right claw, arrows in left.

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Reverse Text: MASSACHUSETTS / HALF CENT / 1787

In the earliest years of the United States, it was common practice for each state to issue its own coins. In 1787 and 1788, Massachusetts issued copper half-cents featuring a Native American man on the obverse, and a heraldic eagle on the reverse. These coins were among the first US coins to bear the word “cent,” a denomination defined as one one-hundredth of a Spanish dollar.

Date Made: 1787

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: MassachusettsPlace Of Issue: United States: Massachusetts

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1984.1046.0108Catalog Number: 1984.1046.0108Accession Number: 1984.1046

Object Name: coin

Physical Description: copper (overall metal)0 (overall die axis)0 (overall die axis measurement)struck (overall production method)Measurements: overall: .15 cm x 2.4 cm; 1/16 in x 15/16 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-2b33-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1095696

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