Details: Part three of this spectacular collection contains the finest known example of one of the first cents made by the United States for circulation in 1793. These humble coppers, made for Everyman, were wonderfully naïve, the designs not well planned (in one case not enough room was allotted to fully spell out AMERICA), and they were primitively executed. Liberty’s portrait was immediately criticized for appearing ‘to be in a fright,’ while the reverse motif, a linked chain, was deemed to be a ‘bad omen for liberty.’ Within two months the designs had been replaced by more elegant and less controversial imagery, making these earliest efforts a wonderful first chapter in our nation’s coinage.
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