(via Bar Cent, BN (Regular Strike))

The Bar “Cents” first appeared in the American Colonies in 1785, when they joined the mix of motley coppers then in circulation.  Their weight was too low to be valued at a Cent, but the name has stuck through use and tradition (in fact, the weight is almost identical to the U.S. Half Cents of 1795 and later years).  The obverse copies the U.S.A. monogram seen on pewter buttons worn on the uniforms of Continental soldiers.  The reverse consists of thirteen parallel bars, signifying the original 13 Colonies… 

Could there be a better coin design? So simple and perfect, aesthetically pleasing and meaningful. Contrast this with those bastardized commiittee-driven state coin designs…

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