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Birch cent on Stack's Bowers block

A 1792 Birch cent is expected to bring $1 million at the Stack’s Bowers Galleries auction Oct. 24-26 at the Whitman Expo in Baltimore.

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Birch cents were minted as an example of what the newly formed U.S. government was considering producing at the time.

There were four Birch cent varieties that were originally struck, and the coin in the sale, classified as Judd-3, is the only one known to exist without lettering on its edge. It has not been sold in more than 40 years.

“This is the first American cent ever produced and represents a very unique piece of numismatic history,” said Brian Kendrella, president of Stack’s Bowers Galleries.

“It is the only one of its kind, making it a very exclusive coin to own.”

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