1793 Chain Cent Replica Coin

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  • A brilliant replica of the most valuable penny ever
  • The first one-cent coin minted by the U.S. Mint
  • A coin that sold for 1.38 Million Dollars

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Product description
In 1793, Henry Voigt, a skilled watchmaker, was commissioned by Mint Director David Rittenhouse to design America's first large cent. His design, the Chain Cent, was the first circulating coin officially produced in the United States. It featured Miss Liberty with flowing hair on the obverse and a circular chain with 15 interconnected links on the reverse.

The U.S. Mint was born when Congress passed the Coin Act of 1792. One year later, the first Mint facility in Philadelphia began producing its first coin: the Flowing Hair “Chain” cent. To symbolize freedom, the obverse of this copper-based one-cent coin featured the feminine Liberty with flowing, unbound hair. On the reverse was a circle of 13 linked rings that were meant to represent the original 13 colonies. Unfortunately, most people saw it as a symbol of slavery and not the strength of unity as the designers intended.
The original “Chain Cent” reverse was minted only during the month of March 1793. Public complaints forced Mint officials to change the reverse design to a wreath. On January 4, 2012, one of these historic coins sold at auction for an astounding $1,380,000!
Details
Limitation 9,999 complete collections Material Cu, layered in 24k gold
Weight 32 g Measures Diameter: 40 mm
Quality Proof Issue Year 2012
Reverse United States of America Obverse Liberty, 1793
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