https://www.usacoinbook.com/encyclopedia/coin-designers/robert-scot/). Robert Scott passed away on November 1, 1823, while still serving as the Chief Engraver of the US Mint. These factors likely played a role in Patterson’s decision. The Feuchtwanger Cent Source: (https://images.pcgs.com/CoinFacts/44358578_230666471_2200.jpg) The Feuchtwanger Cent contained 60% copper, 20% nickel, and 20% zinc, also known as “German Silver” and “Nickel Silver.” Diameter: 18.5mm, Weight: 2.45 grams. Note: Due to the high relief of the Eagle’s body, it is common to see strike weakness in the center of the coin. The Matron Head Large Cent (source: https://www.usacoinbook.com/us-coins/1837-plain-cord-small-letters-coronet-head-large-cent.jpg) Composition: 100% Copper. Diameter: 27.5mm, Weight: 10.89 grams. Dr. Lewis Feuchtwanger Lewis Feuchtwanger was born in Furth, Germany on January 11, 1805. He earned his doctorate at the University of Jena. He emigrated to the United States and settled in New York City. In 1829, he opened a German pharmacy at 2 Courtland Street, NYC. Dr. Feuchtwanger was prominent in the fields of minerology, metallurgy, and chemistry. He published popular works such as the Treatise on Gems in 1838, the Elements of Mineralogy in 1839, and the Treatise on Fermented Liquors in 1858. He was an avid collector of minerals and even had part of his collection exhibited at the 1851 World Fair in London. Source: (https://www.bl.uk/britishlibrary/~/...&h=1280&hash=4EC9540E15EA2A8819C1BF55630C0784) Source: (https://cdn.mineralogicalrecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/titleimage/feuc851.jpg) Hard Times and the Feuchtwanger Cent Though the Feuchtwanger Cent was not accepted as the replacement for the Large Cent, it still found its way into circulation. In 1836, a severe infestation of the Hessian Fly in the United States caused a significant decrease in wheat availability, driving up the price. The Panic of 1837 exacerbated this issue and set off a depression that lasted until the mid-1840s. This period is known as the “Hard Times” in the US. In times of economic uncertainty, banks and citizens tend to hoard money and precious metals. The lack of coinage opened the door for others to introduce coins of their own. The coins/tokens produced in this period are known as Hard Times Tokens (further info here: http://hardtimestokens.com/). The Feuchtwanger Cent was distributed from his pharmacy, and circulated just like the Hard Times Tokens. Below is an advertisement to convince folks to adopt the cent. Source: (https://www.novanumismatics.com/wp-.../NY-The-Evening-Post-Saturday-Nov-18-1837.jpg) Conclusion I recently purchased a Feuchtwanger Cent and wanted to know more about it. I very much enjoyed learning the history of the cent and the man who created it. For those who wish to learn more about the cent and/or identify which variety they have, please take a look at the following link: https://www.ngccoin.com/news/article/7628/FeuchtwangerOneCent/. Here are photos of the cent I purchased.