Mike 's Blog

17 Sep 2020

The Confederate Cent

Coins | Mike

First I would like all of you for your prayers and kind words concerning our recent death. I passed the emails and messages and the blog to my wife. She thanks you and you are all in our prayers.
Today I will write about the confederate cent. There is intrigue in these small number of coins..An agent from the confederate States approached a gentleman by the name the name of Robert Lovett a Philadelphia engraver. This was done through a contact at a jeweler who worked in a store named Bailey, Banks, and Biddle. This was done to get Lovett to engrave coinage for the confederate states.He said yes returned with the agent to the mint..Not to make thousands or hundreds he made 12 to 16 pieces that was in 1861.

Now a gentleman by the name of Capitan Haseltine. Who was a member of the ANA.. He was one in a bar in Philadelphia. Lovett had one. Let's go back a little. Lovett received the dies from Bailey's company. Now a gentleman by the name of Maris, bought the cents from Lovett, and the dies went to. Capitan Haseltine. Eight of the original from Maria in 1874 had die breaks

.Now after all this time word got out about Lovett he was afraid the north would look at him as a trader and shoot him. The reverse of the die shows were Lovett put his initial there is a wreath of corn, cotton,and tobacco with two bales of cotton I put an arrow where you can see it on an original cent.

Then comes a gentleman named Robert Bashlow. He had found the original dies in a number of metals and formats in the 1960's.. Now here is a fact.The cents were made in the only mint that coined money for three governments. The United States, The Louisiana State, and the Considerate State. There is a feature done by the Smithsonian Institute. The label reads 1861Confederate Cent. Smithsonian Re strike Private Issue Struck in 2011 150 Anniversary 999 Silver Gem Proof".

Now there were other things that went on that were not that important. But this story and research has a lot over 16 cents.If that many. It they were important. The confederate States could not make more than that except for four half dollars. I bought one at one of the battlefields. They were not real but sold for 1000 dollars back in the 1970's. I mean it was a total different reverse but what did non collectors know.
. .Now the first two pictures is a real cent. It shows Lovett initial.then comes the Bashlow re strikes and the Smithsonian Re strike. No die breaks on that one. To think to get this information on these few coins someone did allot of homework.. Believe me there is allot more of behind the scene of this part of our history. This is just some of the facts. There are more. But I wrote the key facts and left the other small ones out. I hope you enjoyed it . These cents would go for a nice dollar. I would love to own one so when I saw the 2011 cent I bought ut. There is no Lovett initial on the 2011 coin . Thanks for taking time to read this. Look up some information there are pages and pages on them. You have the Readers Digest version. Thanks again.




Long Beard

Level 5

Great piece of history. I collect the store cards, not to be confused with civil war tokens, of the same time period. While there are many from the south listed in the Fuld book I have yet to acquire any.


Level 6

Beautiful photos! Loved this blog. Great history. Hey... Where do you park your wagon? ; ) haha


Level 6

Great history lesson in these coins. Thanks Mike they are fantastic.


Level 5

Great post Mike. That coin was minted 3 years before the 2 cent coin that I have. Although I was taught about the civil war in school, what you illustrated was not taught. It's great to be able to learn something new about those years. Thanks again for the informative post!


Level 5

Very interesting and informative. I grew up about 30 miles from the First Confederate Capital in Montgomery. Jefferson Davis' home is now a museum and is right across the street. I know my history pretty well but had never known about the 1 cent coins. Once again you have broadened my knowledge. Thanks Mike, Later!


Level 5

Ah. I saw a place were you could buy the "Confederate Cent" at Govmint. Great Article. Always liked Civil War artifacts.


Level 5

Very impressive coin. I find civil war artifacts extremely interesting... I have several bullets and buttons from the time period. No coins yet, but I hope to buy some soon.


Level 5

I want one of those 16 cents ! I dont have any civil war coins , medals, or tokens. I should get started on a collection. Very interesting are to collect, with lots of history.

I wish they made more of the cents, I would love to own an original one, but I don't think I'll ever get the chance. I think the design is great. The dies were very beat up. Thanks Mike!


Level 6

Writing about the Civil War on Sept 17th was good timing. . The bloodiest day in America's history happen today. The Battle of Antietam. Plus it is Constitution Day., the day it was ratified.


Level 6

Thanks Mike, your Smithsonian Confederate Cent is beautiful. I found a fairly recent auction result that might also fill in some of the gaps and also show a remarkable photo of a MS62 original. https://auctions.stacksbowers.com/lots/view/1-1FDAM/1861-confederate-cent-original-breen-8005-copper-nickel-specimen-62-pcgs

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Thanks for writing about this, it's something I knew a bit about, but now I know more. Which White House of the Confederacy is that you show? I would like to say Montgomery, but I remember that as being on a hill. Looks too big for Richmond


Level 7

It's the New Orleans Mint during the civil war. That's why it's important to enlarge the pics. . It says it on top. I did not write it. That's the way it was shown.

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