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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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  • 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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    1839-1857 Braided Hair Large Cents Set of 3 Different Good Image 1

    1816-1857 Braided Hair Large Cents Set of 3 Different Good

    When the U.S. Mint introduced cents they were modeled on the size of big British copper pennies of the day. That's why early Americans called them pennies even though the official denomination has always been cents. Big coppers weigh about four times as...

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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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  • 1829-1837 Capped Bust 1/2 Dime Fine Image 1

    1829-1837 Capped Bust 1/2 Dime Fine

    The silver half dime enjoys the distinction of being the first coin denomination struck by the fledgling U.S. Mint, in 1794. The 1829-1837 type presents a buxom Liberty wearing a large liberty cap, the ancient emblem of hard-won freedom; eagle with...

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