Longie said:It's a Mass. colonial copper.
Apparently there is only one original known to exist. But there where copies produced.
So, there can never be 2 or more of this coin ? ALL coins found like this, have to be facsimiles of the one in the museum ? What was the reasoning behind only one single coin being struck ?There was one authentic coin struck, and it is in a museum
I will try to find the article, I read it many years ago in a magazine so could be tough. Apparently the design was made by Paul Revere and immediately stolen, sold and counterfeited before production could even begin on the legal coins. Also a copper shortage came up in 1776 so the 1cent coin was going to be scrapped anyway, replaced with what I believe was a 1/2cent shilling? The prototype was the only one considered real and therein priceless, even though rumors said there were 2 originals made but that may have been 1penny and 1 half penny......hmmmFleroo said: