In 1861, an official of the CSA Army contacted a Philadelphia jeweler to engrave a Confederate cent. The job went to Robert Lovett, Jr., a die-cutter with extensive experience. Using the head of Minerva on the obverse, and a wreath of Southern agricultural products on the reverse, Lovett struck 12 coins in copper-nickel. Fearing arrest by the Union for aiding the Confederacy, he hid the twelve coins in his basement until long after the war was over. After the war, his dies were used to restrike the design in several different metals, including silver, gold and copper. Now, from NCM, our privately minted, non-monetary tribute to this unusual coin is struck in 1/10 ounce of pure copper, and is faithful in every detail to the original design.
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