FLOWING HAIR CENT, CHAIN REVERSE (1793 ONLY)
The first Large Cent appeared in 1793. The
front of the coin featured a head of Miss Liberty, her hair flowing behind her head in
free, unfettered locks. The word "LIBERTY" appears above her head; the date "1793"
below. The reverse consisted of a continuous chain of 15 links, representing the 15
American States in existence at that time. The denomination, shown by the words "ONE
CENT" and by the numerical fraction "1/100", appear within the chain. The words "UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA" surround the chain.
Instead of responding with enthusiasm over
the striking of the first truly American coin, contemporary newspapers poked fun at the
This design was short-lived and was replaced
late in the year by the 1793 "Wreath" Cent.
Designer: attributed to Henry Voight
Diameter: ±27 millimeters
Copper - 100%
Weight: ±208 grains (±13.5
Edge: Vine and vertical bars,
Mintmarks: None (all examples of this type were struck at the Philadelphia Mint)