by Diane Schamp.
(Great Lakes Region)
This is what a penny looked like back in the late 1700’s to mid 1800’s. They were about 3mm larger than our modern day 25 cent coin.
These “Large Cent” coins were minted from 1793 to 1857 at the mint in Philadelphia, the only U.S. Mint at the time. The lady liberty image on these coins were re-designed every several years during this time period.
The copper content became more valuable than the coin’s face value, was more heavy and cumbersome to carry, so it was eventually replaced by the modern 1 cent coin we know today.
A beautiful handcrafted minimalist 14kt gold filled bezel encircles this classic penny and really complements the copper color of this vintage coin.