2 early US 1-cent coins sell for $869,500

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Two rare one-cent coins from the earliest days of the U.S. Mint have sold for a pretty penny.  The coins, both dating to 1792, sold for a combined total of $869,500 at the auction held Wednesday in Anaheim, California. One of them, known as the “Birch Cent,” sold for $517,000. The other, known as the “Silver Center Cent,” went for $352,500. Eric Bradley, spokesman for Heritage Auctions, said that while the sales fell somewhat short of the combined $1 million the auction house projected they would go for, organizers are still pleased with the result. The names of the buyers have not been released and they may choose to stay anonymous.