An order to make cents for the Confederacy was placed with Robert Lovett Jr., an engraver and diesinker of Philadelphia, through a jewelry firm of that city. Fearing arrest by the United States government for assisting the enemy, Lovett decided instead to hide the coins and the dies in his cellar. Captain John W. Haseltine later purchased the original dies and made restrikes with them in 1874. Circa 1961, the dies were copied and additional pieces made by Robert Bashlow. These show die cracks and rust marks that distinguish them from earlier copies.