Confederate Cent 1861


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Robert Lovett, Jr. a die-cutter, was hired by an official of the Confederate States to make a C.S.A. cent. After striking 12 coins made of Union alloy (copper &Nickel) Robert got nervous about being arrested by the Union authorities, so he cancelled the project & hid the dies & a dozen coins. After the war, he carried one coin as a pocket piece & accidentally spent it at a local bar. The barkeeper showed it to a numismatic friend who contacted Lovett & bought the dies off of him. He made about 55 restrikes before the dies broke. The reveverse has a wreath of Southern Agricultural products with a bale of cotton at the bottom. The obverse has a picture of Minerva, which Lovett had used on an earlier one-cent piece in 1860.

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Weight 1 oz
Dimensions 4 × 3 × .125 in