“1798 S-176 R4 Style II Hair, Small 8. PCGS graded VG-8. Struck over a Token. Glossy light to medium chocolate brown and steel. Smooth and attractive showing only a few trivial contact marks. A tiny pinprick over the 9 and a shallow pit in the field over the hair ribbon are good identifying marks. MDS, Breen state V late. Swelling is starting to weaken ES in STATES. What makes this cent so special is that it was struck over an as yet unidentified token, most likely one of the British "Conder" or merchant tokens of the late 18th Century. Clear undertype from the token is visible at RTY and in the opposing area at CA to the denominator. On the reverse you can make out two letters, H and E, and the numeral 8 shows under the second A in AMERICA. Perhaps an expert in the token series could attribute the token, but we are stumped. A really neat cent”. During additional research I found a note in one of Breen’s reference books about an example noted as being struck over an Anglesey “Druid” 1/2p- this was a clue for further investigation. I posted images in a Face Book Group I am a member that includes several experts on Conder Tokens and from the images they agreed it appeared to be struck over a 1788 Anglesey “Druid”, and that there was NO documentation to support Breen’s claim of having seen one. I agreed to bring my example to the Chicago ANA for further review. There both experts agreed again that that is exactly what my example is! One of the experts stated (this example) “is significant in that it proves at least one of these tokens traveled to the US and was used by the mint”; he is convinced on examination it was smoothed on the edge to reduce the diameter to be correct for a large cent planchet. I have been told there are other examples of large cents struck on similar tokens as planchets but none show a previously struck undertype. The coin as purchased was in a PCGS holder indicating the provenance (ex-Tom Reynolds who I saw at the ANA as well), the variety and that it was “Struck Over a Token”, the mystery to solve was which one! The following images are of a typical 1788 Druid hp and a close up comparison of the undertype on the 1798 reverse and the Druid; one can clearly see the “8” and “H” of the host token. Close ups of the large cent obverse appear to show vestiges of the wreath of the Druid as well: Although we did not try to attribute the variety of 1788 host example we agreed we had enough image evidence to make the case for a further PCGS review there and received agreement to send it in. As a note, there is no observable edge lettering apparent on the large cent and experts tell me that is due to the Druid being trimmed to meet the diameter of a large cent planchet. On-line references report the Token’s diameter as 29.4 mm, while the reported standard for a struck 1798 large cent was 28.0 mm. After the review I received notice it was re-encapsulated and the label revised to show “Struck on Anglesey Token 1/2“. May be the only documented one! Best, Jack.