Add prestige to your collection of Civil War memorabilia with these scarce and rare Choice Uncirculated examples of the legendary 1861 Confederate Cent restrike by Robert Bashlow. Among numismatists, this coin’s story is infamous. Shortly after the start of the Civil War in 1861, the South commissioned Philadelphia engraver Robert Lovett to design a Confederate cent. Lovett accepted the assignment and created the dies for a Capped Liberty head. But soon after, he became worried about being charged with treason because the penalty was death! Lovett only struck 12 pieces for himself and then hid the dies in his cellar. More than a decade later, Lovett accidentally spent one of the cents in a Philadelphia tavern. The bartender noticed the unusual coin and set it aside. By 1874, the covert cent found its way to local numismatist John Haseltine who coaxed Lovett, after many drinks, to sell him the dies. Haseltine then struck 55 coins before the die’s collar broke; these restrikes have sold at auction for $12,000.
Numismatist Robert S. Bashlow acquired the 1861 dies in 1961, used a special process to transfer the designs to new dies, and then tested the dies on several metals and compositions before choosing bronze for his restrikes. Now, because of a fortunate purchase by Littleton Coin President David Sundman, you can own these test coins in this 6-coin set.
Only 50 pieces of each of these test coins were ever struck. David was able to acquire two sets, with each including six of the rare test planchet compositions: aluminum, nickel-silver, tin, lead, red fiber and zinc. Locating all six of these extremely low-mintage test issues on your own could take years. Graded Choice Uncirculated, each test piece comes in a Capital holder that has the mintage and metal type engraved on it – and is sure to increase the esteem of any Civil War collection! Order today while our supplies last.
- Year: 1861
- Product Type: Sets