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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 48, November 26, 2006, Article 9

1793 LARGE CENT WEIGHT CHANGE

Last week I wrote that "The U.S. large cent was introduced in 1793,
but the next production cost decision was postponed for 64 years to
1857 when the size and composition were changed."

Bob Neale writes: "True enough, but don't forget that the first
cost decision was made before any cents were ever minted. Congress
amended Statute One, the April 1792 basic coinage act, on 14 January
1793 to lower the coin's weight from 208 (Birch cent weight) to 164
grains (chain cent weight)."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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