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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

Provenance

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

Mint

Birmingham, England

Catalogue Raisonné

Breen 1188; Baker 1

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

2004.1149

Medium or Technique

Copper

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Numismatics, Tokens and Contorniates