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1793 WASHINGTON HEAD
HALF CENT

Variety: Baker 27

Mintage:
Unknown, privately concocted

Designer: Unknown
Engraver: Unknown

Diameter: 

Metal Content: Copper 

Weight: 

Edge: Lettered

Notes: This interesting coin was made by grinding the head and cap from the obverse of a 1793 Half Cent and replacing it with a bust of Washington.  Breen attributes this coin to Edwin Bishop circa 1859 "made to sell to Mint Director J.R. Snowden".

Images courtesy of the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution

Known examples (2):
1. National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian collection
2. Massachusetts Historical Society (subsequently sold?)

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of United States and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen