Click to enlargeJ611/P676

The so-called 1868 large cent. This is a fantasy coin deliberately made for sale to collectors. An example was in Mint Director Linderman's collection sold in 1888 as lot 69.

About a dozen or so are known including the following:

1) Mitchelson-CSL

2) Clapp – ANS

3) Crouch-Superior 6/77, Sieck-B/R 8/81 ANA, B/M 8/00, Twin Leaf Collection (W.M. "Jack" Wadlington) - StacksBowers 7/2015 – PCGS64BN, illustrated above

4) Judd, StacksBowers 6/20 – PCGS65RB

5) Lohr, Polis-B/M 6/91

6) NERCG Inventory Selections #63 (2/80), Bird–Goldberg 2/20, Black Cat – PCGS66RB

7) Hogan Pond (supposedly in the 1930s-40s), ANR 3/05 – NGC66BN

8) Lauder-Doyle Galleries 12/83 – PCGSXF45BN

9) Empire Review #16 (8/62), #17 (12/62), #18 (7/63), Century-Paramount 4/65, B/R RCR #23, #25, #28, #31

Others possible from 1963 Million Dollar sale, RARCOA 4/75.

Examples were also struck in nickel J610/P675 which are rarer, with only 7 known, but these are not as popular as their copper brethren.

Photo courtesy of Bowers and Merena.