Large Cents were the first coins made for circulation that were authorized by the U.S. government. Large Cents were issued from 1793 to 1857 and quite a few different designs or ‘types’ were used.
1793 saw three different types – ‘Chain’ Cents, then ‘Wreath’ Cents and finally ‘Liberty Cap’ Cents. Liberty Cap Cents were made until 1796. From 1796 to 1807 Draped Bust Large Cents were issued and Classic Head Cents were made from 1808 to 1814.
Coronet Heads were made from 1816 to 1839 and finally Braided Hair Large Cents were issued from 1839 till the end of the series in 1857. Large Cents have been wildly popular with collectors ever since numismatists started collecting American coins.
Chain. AMERI. S-1. Well worn but the main design, lettering and date are all at least partially visible.
Wreath. Lettered Edge. A very attractive example of this first year large cent. All details are sharp and distinct and very close to the next grade level. The planchet is an attractive medium brown and cleaner than typically seen for this issue. Clearly solid for the grade and unquestionably highly desirable. Secured in an old 'green label' holder.
Head of 1795. A beautiful well-preserved early cent with shimmering light brown luster. The strike is even and bold on a pleasing problem-free planchet and the overall eye appeal is outstanding!
Head of 1794. S-65. A beautiful well defined example with attractive medium brown surfaces. The strike is solid and the overall effect is quite eye appealing. Upon close inspection, a few vestiges of red are still apparent. A wonderful addition to any collection.
Sharp detail and very attractive with problem-free medium brown surfaces. In an old holder.
Solid detail with pleasing chestnut brown surfaces.
Private Restrike. Struck from rusted, discarded dies. The obverse was an 1803 S-261 (date altered to 1804) and the reverse was used for the 1820 N-12. This coin is amazing with blazing mostly red luster blending with steel-blue. The surfaces are mark-free and as fresh as the day they left the dies! This is the single highest graded example at PCGS or NGC regardless of color designation!
Sharp detail with lustrous light brown surfaces that have a faint reddish hue. Just the barest touch of 'friction' keeps this beautiful early cent out of a mid-range mint state holder!
CAC. Lustrous olive-brown surfaces with sharp detail and just a touch of wear. An obvious over-date and very popular and desirable. The eye appeal is strong!
Well detailed and problem-free with attractive brown surfaces.
13 Stars. Nice lustrous surfaces with a fair amount of faded red blending with soft brown.
Very attractive with lustrous surfaces and just a touch of 'rub'.
Lustrous olive-green and brown surfaces with a sharp strike and minimal marks.
N-10. Well struck with lustrous mahogany brown surfaces. This variety was found in the Randall Hoard which was discovered in Georgia just after the Civil War.
CAC. Lovely lustrous brown surfaces with a touch of faded red and and no significant marks. Super eye appeal and very conservatively graded!
CAC. N-13. Lustrous light brown surfaces and a sharp strike with outstanding eye appeal.
Large Date. N-13. Glossy chocolate brown surfaces and a great strike with outstanding eye appeal.
CAC. Large Date. N-13. A very sharp strike with nearly mark-free surfaces. The luster is vibrant chocolate brown with a lavender hue. Excellent eye appeal!
Sharp detail with just the barest touch of 'rub'. The surfaces are a lustrous frosty brown and retain a trace of red in the protected areas of the design. There are no distracting marks and the eye appeal is outstanding. A wonderful example of this scarce middle-date cent!
A pleasing example of one of the middle-date 'keys'.