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George Washington (Unity States) "Birmingham Token Cent"

Obv: Laureate bust of Washington facing left, enclosed by WASHINGTON & INDEPENDENCE / 1783, the whole surrounded by a beaded rim Rev: UNITY STATES OF AMERICA around a wreath enclosing ONE / CENT, 1/100 below, the whole surrounded by a beaded rim Edge: plain


Collected by Sidney A. Wien (1902-1962), Atlanta, Georgia, between the mid-1940's and 1962; by descent to his daughter, Claire W. Morse, in 1962; to the MFA in November 2004, gift of Claire W. and Richard P. Morse.

Credit Line

The Sidney A. and Ellen M. Wien Collection—Given in their memory by Claire W. and Richard P. Morse

Early American (1700–1832), dated 1783, struck about 1820


Birmingham, England

Catalogue Raisonné

Breen 1188; Baker 1


Diameter and weight: 29 mm, 7.7 gm (1 1/8 in., 0.27 oz.)

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