LIBERTY-CAP CENT, a U.S. coin, about an inch in diameter, struck by the U.S. mint at Philadelphia, 1793–1796. On the obverse is a bust of Liberty with a pole over the left shoulder surmounted by a round hat called a liberty cap. The image of the liberty cap was borrowed from France, where it had symbolized the egalitarian spirit in the late eighteenth century.
Department of the Treasury, Bureau of the Mint. Domestic and Foreign Coins Manufactured by Mints of the United States, 1793–1980. Washington, D.C.: Department of the Treasury, Bureau of the Mint, 1981.
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