PCGS 1922 - 1856 1C Slanted 5, BN

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from the Molly Malone Collection
United States 1856 lg cent rev JM.jpg

This type, struck 1839-57 in large quantities, is readily available in circulated condition. The introduction of Gobrecht's hub of Liberty reduced the year-to-year variation in her appearance but plenty of varieties exist nonetheless. For 1856, the major divisions are "slanting 5's", shown here, and "upright 5's", of equal value.

Recorded mintage: 2,690,463 (all varieties).

Specification: 10.89 g, copper, 27.5 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Christian Gobrecht.

Catalog reference: KM 67.


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