This is a reproduction of the 1792 “Birch Cent” designed and engraved by Birch (first name is still unknown) as a pattern for our first one cent coins. It carries an edge inscription “TO BE ESTEEMED * BE USEFUL” and contained one cent worth of copper. It’s about the size of a modern half Dollar. The size was reduced to what we now know as the “large cent” size to allow for production costs. ReplyForward
The toning occured naturally from handling for several months. The coin you see here is the coin you will receive. reverse "COPY"
"TO BE ESTEEMED BE USEFUL"
The companion variety to this previously sold "Birch" variety:
Copper | Vintage Stock from Gallery Mint Museum
Out of Stock