The obverse features CENT above, the date 1850 below a central ringed area. Rosettes are to the left and right. The reverse offers USA above, ONE TENTH SILVER at the sides and bottom. Light gray-rose color lightly covers both sides, with some minor porosity noted on the reverse. The reverse also shows extensive peripheral die breaking through the legends. The die apparently shattered early during the striking of the originals.
This was the result of an experiment in producing a smaller-size cent piece to be produced in silver with a central perforation to lower the weight and corresponding silver content. The originals were produced in billon (90% copper, 10% silver), with weights from 24 to 26 grains, but they were subject to counterfeiting and the idea was canceled.