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1792 Birch cent earns fame


The imagination of the national news media was captured by the sale of a 1792 Birch cent March 26 in Baltimore by Stack’s Bowers Galleries during its auction of the Henry P. Kendall Foundation Collection.

First U.S. cent sells for $1.175 million.

First U.S. cent sells for $1.175 million.

Bringing $1,175,000, this first American cent was graded AU-58 by the Professional Coin Grading Service. It was noted that this coin was purchased from Stack’s June 23, 1975, but that it had not been offered at a public auction since 1959.

The provenance includes the Bushnell, Parmelee, Jenks and Col. Green collections.

This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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