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George Washington (Unity States) "Birmingham Token Cent"

Early American (1700–1832)
dated 1783, struck about 1820

Mint: Birmingham, England

Catalogue Raisonné

Breen 1188; Baker 1


Diameter and weight: 29 mm, 7.7 gm (1 1/8 in., 0.27 oz.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View




Tokens and contorniates

Obv: Laureate bust of Washington facing left, enclosed by WASHINGTON & INDEPENDENCE / 1783, the whole surrounded by a beaded rim
Rev: UNITY STATES OF AMERICA around a wreath enclosing ONE / CENT, 1/100 below, the whole surrounded by a beaded rim
Edge: plain


Collected by Sidney A. Wien (1902-1962), Atlanta, Georgia, between the mid-1940's and 1962; by descent to his daughter, Claire W. Morse, in 1962; to the MFA in November 2004, gift of Claire W. and Richard P. Morse.

Credit Line

The Sidney A. and Ellen M. Wien Collection—Given in their memory by Claire W. and Richard P. Morse