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Obverse of 1783 Washington & Independence, Draped Bust     Reverse of 1783 Washington & Independence, Draped Bust


"Originals" were struck in copper, "Restrikes" were struck in copper and silver.

The "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.

Recent appearances:
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 (engrailed) edge..."

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