Dave Bowers (firstname.lastname@example.org) is immersed in The Official Red Book of Half Cents and Large Cents, to be published later this year by Whitman. Included will be information on the Philadelphia Mint and methods of manufacture. Today, what we call Proof coins, or strikings on specially prepared planchets from polished dies, were called Specimens or Master Coins before 1860, although the Proof term was in wide use by that time. Dave is seeking specific, attributable listings of half cents and large cents in catalogues prior to 1858, where such pieces were described with any of these terms. If you have information and would like to send chapter and verse to Dave, he would be delighted.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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