The obverse is the same as that used to coin regular-issue 1853 quarter eagles. The reverse shows the denomination ONE CENT within a laurel wreath. Struck in a 40% nickel, 60% copper alloy with a reeded edge.
The Mint wasted little time designing this issue, combining an existing obverse die with a simple, rudimentary reverse. USPatterns.com estimates a population of approximately two dozen survivors.
PR66 $4,312.50 (Jan 6, 2009 HA.com)
Liberty Head Cent Pattern Coins
1853 E1C One Cent, Judd-150 Thick, Pollock-178, Low R.7
1853 E1C One Cent, Judd-150 Thick, Pollock-178, Low R.7, PR65 PCGS. The obverse is the same as the regular issue 1853 quarter eagle. The pattern reverse die bears the denomination ONE CENT within a wreath. The E in CENT is widely but lightly repunched north. Struck with a reeded edge in an alloy of 30% nickel, 60% copper, and 10% tin.
PR65 $4,887.50 (Aug 9, 2007 HA.com)
1853 E1C One Cent, Judd-149, Pollock-178, High R.6
A regular issue Liberty quarter eagle obverse die is paired with a simple die that bears a wreath and the widely separated denomination ONE/CENT. An early attempt to replace the cumbersome large cent with a smaller diameter piece in different alloy. Judd-149 has a reeded edge, and is struck in a white metal alloy of 40% nickel, 40% copper, and 20% zinc. Judd-150 and Judd-151 were struck from the same dies, but with different proportions of the same three metals.