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1819 Liberty Head One-cent coin

Creator:
United States Mint
Location:
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Origin Date:
1819
Materials:
metal
Measurements:
overall: 1 1/8 in diameter
Item ID:
71.2009.082.0858
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Three-dimensional Objects

Description

This copper 1819 Liberty Head penny features on the obverse a depiction of a more matronly Lady Liberty in the center which is surrounded by thirteen stars representing the 13 original colonies of the United States. The reverse features the words "One Cent" in the center surrounded by a wreath. The words “United States of America” are inscribed following the outer edge of the coin. Abraham Lincoln probably saw coins such as this one while living in Indiana from 1816 to 1830. Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum