Birch Cent, United States, Pattern, 1792


United States Mint, Philadelphia. Obverse: Head of Liberty with flowing hair facing right, date below. Reverse: Denomination in wreath, fraction (1/100) below. This design has been traditionally ascribed to a British artist named William Russell Birch. Patterns with these designs were struck towards the end of 1792. By the time the cent entered formal production, however, its weight and size had been reduced, and another artist was brought in to design the coin.

[reference no. Judd 4]

Date Made: 1792

Maker: U.S. Mint

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United StatesAssociated Place: United States

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Credit Line: Stack's

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1993.0532.0001Accession Number: 1993.0532Catalog Number: 1993.0532.0001

Object Name: coin

Physical Description: copper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 25 mm x 32.5 mm; 31/32 in x 1 9/32 in


Record Id: nmah_739593

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