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Silver Center Cent (1792 Pattern Cent)
1792

Why pennies were originally called "coppers"
This rare pattern coin was originally designed to have a silver plug in the middle that would bring its intrinsic value up to one cent. The United States Mint quickly abandoned the idea, however, and the following year began to produce all-copper pennies. Produced to test new metals, designs, and types for coins, pattern coins are distributed to individual congressmen and Mint officials for review. They can provide fascinating insights about artistic, economic, and political trends at the time they were produced.

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Date of coin, 1792
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