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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 49, December 3, 2006, Article 18

1793 LARGE CENT WEIGHT CHANGE REVISITED

Last week Bob Neale wrote: "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)."

Bob Julian adds: "The original weight was 264 grains. The weight
of the cent from the first regular coinage in 1793 (Chain) to
December 1795 was 208 grains. The weight was again lowered in
December 1795 to 168 grains, where it stayed until 1857."

[These statements largely agree but differ in the ultimate large
cent weight: 164 grains vs 168.  My handy Red Book gives the weight
as 10.89 grams (not grains).  So what's that in grains?   A
conversion calculator I found on the Internet says 168 grains.  See
grams-to-grains.htm
-Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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