Copper Half-Cent and One-Cent Coin Legislation

Historic Legislation, May 8, 1792. Full text is duplicated in the body of this page.To provide for a copper coinage.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress Assembled, That the Director of the Mint, with the approbation of the President of the United States, be authorized to contract for and purchase a quantity of copper, not exceeding one hundred and fifty tons, and that the said Director, as soon as the needful preparations shall be made, cause the copper by him purchased to be coined at the Mint into cents and half cents, pursuant to “the act establishing a Mint, and regulating the coins of the United States;” and that the said cents and half cents, as they shall be coined, be paid into the Treasury of the United States, thence to issue into circulation.

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