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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01999.02 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Philadelphia Type: Object Date: 1792 circa Pagination: 3 items: 1 metal, 1 cent coin, 1/2 cent coin

Summary of Content: 1 metal, 1 cent coin, 1/2 cent coin. 1 cent coin is known as a flowing hair, wreath penny from 1793, the second US coin minted.


Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: FinanceCoins and Currency

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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