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THE LOST CENTS - ,
Thai somo of tlio rarest and most
valuable of tho United States cents,
particularly those dated 1799 and
1804, owo thoir scarcity to the fact
that Fulton built tho steamboat Oler
mont is tho theory hold by some coin
collectors They believe that thou
sands 'of tho old-tlmo large" copper
cents wont toward mating tho copper
boiler for tho pioneer steamboat.
This theory would explain tho mys
tery that has long puzzled coin col
lectors ' a.s to tho reason for tho al
most total disappearance of the cents
of tho dates mentioned.
DhoIirst cents struck at tho Unitod
St!tesvinint at Philadelphia were of
laclgo" size, The copper blanks, or
plSiicheJs were imported from Eng
laffiljb'blijg sent Qver in kegs.
iGoppor at this period was a scarce
artljble in this country. With tlio ex
ception of tho small quantity pro
duced at" the only copper mines then
known in the United States, those at
GranbyKConn., nearly all the metal
ujsed here camo from England.
& Builders of steam engines'in- those
days were of the opinion that boilers
constructed of iron were unsafe and
jmpracti6able, and as a1cbnsequence
boilers were made of coppor, all tho
boilers that camo from England be
ing, it is said, constructed of that
metal. Fulton was likewise of the
belief that coppor was the only fit
metal to be used' in boilers.-'
It Is therofore possible that-findlng
a scarcity ' of metal with which' to
construct tho boiler of tho Clermont
ho finally resorted to the most cbn
venient source of supply, which hap
pened to bo the large United States
copper cents. Of course the cost of
such a boiler would represent a large
8umf but it is on tho "ecords that the
steam frigate Fulton, launched in
18,15, the year of the inventor's
death, had a boiler entirely con
structed of copper, which alone cost
tho large sum of $23,0 u.
That "the supply of cents of this
period was large . enough to meet
such a demand is also likely enough.
From 1793 to and including 1795
1,0G(T,033 cents were coined; in 1796,
974,700 were struck; 1797, 897,
510; ,1798, 979,700; 1799, 904,585;
1800, 2,822,175 1801, 1,362,837;
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1802, 3,435,100; 1!803, 2,71,352;
1804, 756,838; 1805,941,116'
This makes a total of 16,611,947
cents struck at the mint up to and
including the year in which the boil
er was made.
Tho cents struck during the years
1793, 1794 and 1795 weighed 208
grains each, which would give the
number of pieces struck, 1,066,033,
a total weight of about 31,700
pounds. In 1796 the Weight ol the
copper cent was reduced to 168
grains-, which would -give the number
coined from 1796 Up to and including
1805, 15,545,914, a total weight of
about 373,158 grains, making the
total weight of the 16,611,947 cents
struck from 1793 to 1805 about
about 404,000 avoirdupois pounds of
7,000 grains each, which would cer-
tainlv ronrGSGnt -mftt.nl mnnv fimpa
more than sufficient to make a boiler
of the size used by the Clermont.
Nearly all the cents of this-' period
are now scarce, but the ones dated
1799 and 1804 are extremely so. It
is an odd fact that the rarity of the
former was not appreciated until
about 1860, when coin collecting in
this country wa- in -its infancy.
A Philadelphian by tho name of
J. J. Mickley, seeking a dent of 1799,
tho year of his birth, only came into
possession of one after a great deal
Of trouble, and even .then the speci
men which came to his hand was in
poor condition. Persevering in his
endeavor to obtain a better speci
men, his efforts resulted in so little
success that Mr. Mickley was ulti
mately forced to the conclusion that
cents of this date were extremely
Through looking for the cent of
this date he 'became interested in
coins of all kinds, and soon developed
into a collector of the first rank, and
was noted as possessing the finest
and most comprehensive collection of
coins then in the United States. Not
satisfied with the opportunities pro
vided in this country for the acquisi
tion of new variefies, Mr. Mickley
made trips to various parts of the
world and added many rare and in
teresting coins to his collection.
Some years later a thief broke into
his residence in Philadelphia and
stole many rare specimens and the
veteran collector thereupon became
discouraged and sold the remainder
'of his- coins at auctions.
An uncirculated 1799 cent, if nov
offered at 'miction, would bring at
leasts $3 00, and peithaps aore. Those
in somewhat circulated condition are
held, in high estimation "by collectors,
and even a much worn specimen up
no which the date is discernible is
worth a couple of dollars.
The 18.04 cent is almost as rare
as that dated 1799, and will bring
Wliiie the Remainder of the dates
are not so rare, still uncirculated
and sharp specimens bring as much
as $,1Q0. Everything considered, it
is "hot improbable that the boiler of
tho tClermont or one of the. boilers
made, .by Fulton did contain a large
proportion of the early supply of cop
por cents. It is certain that of the
many millions originally struck few
are today in existence. New ' York
penses -have -by the combine, been
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