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Copper Restrike

Rarity: Rare

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From the description of Lot 575 in Superior Galleries' September 30, October 1, 1986 sale of the Robinson S. Jr. Collection of Large Cents: "Although these have long been referred to as "Mint Restrikes", they are actually nothing of the sort.  These were clandestinely struck decades after their date by private individuals using worn and discarded Federal dies, which had been purchased as scrap steel, in 1833.  The first forty-nine struck from these resurrected dies were made on the orders of Joseph J. Mickley, in 1862, before the obverse die cracked across; others were allegedly struck for M.W. Dickeson [cf. Don Taxay, on an uncited authority]; dealer John W. Haseltine reportedly struck twelve in silver in 1879, and more copper ones in subsequent years.  The present example may well be one of the earlier ones in the series of strikings, as the reverse die is uncracked.  Ex Ray Chatham."

Sources and recommended reading:
"The Cent Book 1816-1839" by John D. Wright

"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen