Early American Copper Coin Project
Early American copper coins – large cents and half cents (1793-1857) – were the coins of the people, the coins used for everyday transactions, the pocket change of early American citizens. Cents and half cents were also the first coins struck under the authority of the United States Government by the First United States Mint in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The stories about their history, designs and designers, minting processes, collectors, and pedigrees bring U.S. history alive!
Participation in the Early American Copper Coin Project allows ANA members age 17 and younger to earn awards such as early American large cents, half cents, reference books, or supplies by just being active in the coin-collecting hobby, writing articles or school reports, doing a presentation for school or Scouts, exhibiting, completing correspondence or Summer Seminar courses or doing other interesting (and fun!) projects. The Early American Copper Coin Project Forms outline the method for earning awards. All submissions must be unique to this program.
For more information about any of the items you earn, please contact the project sponsor, Douglas F. Bird, PO Box 608, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. Questions about the project should be directed to email@example.com.
To learn more about U.S. Large Cents and U.S. Half Cents, the following books are recommended (these books can be borrowed from the ANA Library).
- United States Large Cents, Volumes I & II by William C. Noyes
- Penny Whimsy by Dr. William H. Sheldon
- Walter Breen’s Encyclopedia of United States Cents 1793-1814 by Walter Breen and Mark Borckardt
- United States Copper Cents 1816-1857 by Howard R. Newcomb
- The Cent Book 1816-1839 by John D. Wright
- The Half Cent Die State Book: 1793-1857 – Ron Manley
- The Little Half Sisters – Roger Cohen
- The Encyclopedia of Half Cents – Walter Breen
- A Quickfinder for Attributing Varieties of United States Half Cents – Gregory S. Heim
UNITED STATES LARGE CENTS (1793-1857)
By Ron Guth
UNITED STATES HALF CENTS (1793-1857)
l denomination might seem useless today, it was an important part of our monetary system back when working wages were $1 a day.
- 1796 No Pole
- 1797 Lettered Edge
- 1797 Gripped Edge
- 1802 Reverse of 1800
- 1804 “Spiked Chin”
- 1804 Stemless Wreath
- 1805 Stemless Wreath
- 1806 Stemless Wreath
- 1828 12 Stars
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