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Early Coinage

  • 1796-1807 Draped Bust Large Cent Very Good

    1796-1807 Draped Bust Large Cent Very Good

    With a hulking diameter of 29 millimeters — nearly the size of a modern half dollar — Draped Bust cents were issued during the primordial years of the Philadelphia Mint. Designed by Chief Engraver Robert Scot, the bust of Liberty was thought to have been...

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    1838-1859 Seated Liberty Silver Half Dime & 3 Cent  Nickel

    1838-1859 Seated Liberty Silver Half Dime & 3 Cent Nickel

    1838-1859 Seated Liberty Silver Half Dime.The Seated Liberty engraving was modeled off of Britannia, the figure shown on British coinage. The small 90% silver half dime was the five-cent denomination used from the 1790s until the 1860s when the first...

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    1816-1935 Matron Head Large Cent Very Good

    1816-1935 Matron Head Large Cent Very Good

    Early U.S. Mint cents were modeled on familiar British copper pennies of the day. That's why they were called pennies rather than the official cent. They were significantly larger than the one cent coins of today. A wide variety of engravings were...

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  • 1851-1873 Three Cent Silver Trime

    1851-1873 Three Cent Silver Trime

    As a result of penny shortages, in 1851 Congress authorized the issuance of silver three-cent pieces, or trimes. This new denomination was convenient for purchasing newly-issued three-cent stamps sold by the government. The obverse design featured a...

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  • 1800-1808 Draped Bust Half Cent Good Image 1

    1800-1808 Draped Bust Half Cent Good

    The all-copper U.S. half cent could purchase a number of items in its day. And it was convenient in making change for the Spanish-American silver real (royal), which retained legal-tender status in the U.S.A. as a 12_ cent coin until 1857. Much bigger...

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  • 1809-1835 Classic Head Half Cent Good Image 1

    1809-1835 Classic Head Half Cent Good

    Substantially larger than modern U.S. cents, 100% copper half cents could buy any number of items in early 19th century America. And they made change for the Spanish-American silver real, which had legal tender status in the U.S.A. as a 12 1/2 cent piece...

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  • 1809-1836 Classic Head Half Cent Fine

    1809-1836 Classic Head Half Cent Fine

    The U.S. half cent was produced intermittently for six decades, but mintages were often interrupted and existing issues melted for their 100% copper content. Today, this denomination seems a true oddity, but it could buy any number of useful items in...

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  • 1849-1857 Braided Hair Half Cent Good Image 1

    1849-1857 Braided Hair Half Cent Good

    The all-copper U.S. half cent could purchase a number of items in its day. And it was convenient in making change for the Spanish-American silver real (royal), which retained legal-tender status in the U.S.A. as a 12_ cent coin until 1857. Much bigger...

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