Why this electrotype was made is your best guess.  I would like to think it was just a test piece before better date and varieties were made, however I have seen and own other common date large cents as electrotypes, and I can't imagine all were made strictly for practice - but maybe I'm wrong!?

 

This is a common date in an uncommon form as an electrotype.  This example was once owned by none other than Mike Ringo.

1856 large cent electrotype

$50.00Price

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