1783 WASHINGTON & INDEPENDENCE,
"Originals" were struck in copper, "Restrikes" were
struck in copper and silver.
"Original" 1783 Draped Bust Washington tokens were probably
struck around 1820 by Thomas Ingram in Birmingham, England. After
purchasing the hubs and other material from the defunct Soho Mint in 1848,
W.S. Lincoln produced the restrikes from new dies in London. Both
plain and engrailed edge varieties of the restrikes exist. Some
experts believe the plain edge restrikes were produced first, around 1850,
and engrailed edge restrikes around 1860. The originals have the
small date and the restrikes the large date. There are also
differences in the size and style of the lettering and punctuation.
The borders of the originals are wider than the restrikes. The
restrikes are also about 20-30% heavier, at about 150 grains. The
restrikes were also struck in Proof format and can generally be found in
Choice Uncirculated condition. It is rare to see Originals in
conditions above Extremely Fine.
Images courtesy of Ira
& Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.
PCGS Proof-65 Brown. Copper Restrike. Ex - Superior
Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9,
2001, Lot 8, unsold, "Breen-1193...Variety struck in copper with a center- grained
(engrailed) edge...tiny flake in the field before the eye"
PCGS Proof-65 Brown. Copper Restrike. Ex - Superior Stamp
& Coin's "The ANA 2000 National Money Show Auction", March
2-3, 2000, Lot 44, "Breen-1193...Variety with a center grained
PCGS Proof-63 Brown (illustrated above).
Ex - Stacks's, October 21, 1944, sold for $5.00 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins
& Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I",
February 16, 2001, Lot 110