1823 LARGE CENT -
Rarity: Very Rare
Variety Equivalents: Breen 1819
This was the only use of the obverse die.
The reverse die of this
variety was also used on 1824
Images courtesy of Superior
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/or recommended
Cent Book 1816-1839" by John D. Wright
Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen