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 an affordable bronze restrike.
Available are Bashlow’s bronze restrikes of which only 20,000 pieces were minted before the dies were donated to the Smithsonian. Don’t miss out on this affordably priced bronze issue in Choice Uncirculated condition. Order today while our supplies last.
- Product Type: Single Products
- Year: 1861
- Material: Bronze