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Early American Copper Coin Gallery

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United States Copper Large Cent, "Braided Hair" Variety, 1839-1857

The last variety of the large cents was designed by Chief Engraver Christian Gobrecht. The updated obverse was created to give Liberty a more youthful appearance.

1845 braided hair large cent obverse
1831 coronet head large cent obverse

United States Copper Large Cent, "Coronet" Variety, 1816-1839

Often called the Matron Head design, Chief Engraver Robert Scott gave Liberty a more mature look by enlarging her head. 

Counter-stamped Large Cent or Half Cent

Counter-stamped coins are coins that were stamped to advertise merchant or political campaigns. Large cents were an ideal platform due to their size and availability. For many years counter-stamped coins had a small following and were often tossed in junk drawers. Today they are highly collectible. 

1848 braided hair large cent obverse with counterstamps
1829 classic head large cent reverse
classic head large cent reverse

United States Copper Half Cent

The half cent was minted in the United States from 1793 through 1857. All half cents portray Liberty and were made in Philadelphia. 

United States Copper Large Cent, "Draped Bust" Variety, 1796-1807

Designed by Robert Scott, Liberty is wearing flowing hair tied by a ribbon. The reverse design sports an olive wreath. 

1803 draped bust large cent obverse
1814 classic head large cent obverse

United States Large Cent, "Classic Head" Variety, 1808-1814

The "Classic Head" variety was named after the narrow headband worn by Liberty. The design was executed by John Reich. This headband is reminiscent of the fillet worn by ancient Greek kings. The copper used was softer, having less metallic impurities. Finding cents from this series in choice condition is very difficult. 

First Steam Press Commemorative Medal dated March 23, 2000

The ANA minted this medal on a steam press that was built by the Merrick, Agnew and Tyler Company. This particular steam press was the first press of its kind used by the United States Mint and was built in 1836. 

first steam coinage press commemorative token
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