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.
S-23. R-4+. A scarce and popular variety with a dramatic die break running parallel to the pole on the obverse. This example has attractive light brown surfaces and the typical weakness at the center of the reverse as struck.
Head of 1794. VF Detail - Environmental Damage.
S-49. Head of 1794. Very attractive with strong detail and beautiful light brown surfaces.
S-130. Reverse of 1797, stems. Bold detail with attractive surfaces. The obverse die break at 10 o'clock, behind Liberty's head, is in its latest state.
S-197. The 'Q' variety. A die break thru the first 0 in the date gives it the appearance of the letter Q. This is a pleasing example with solid detail and problem-free surfaces.
VF Details - Corrosion. Small Date, Small Fraction. S-255.
Small Date, Large Fraction.
Small Date, Large Fraction. Sharp detail with attractive and problem-free mahogany brown surfaces.
CAC. Restrike. Struck from rusted, discarded Mint dies. The obverse is from an altered 1803 die while the reverse is an 1820 die. This is a beautiful glossy chestnut-brown example with no noteworthy marks or spots.
Attractive chocolate surfaces with solid detail for the grade. A scarce date with a mintage of 96,500.
S-266b. Outstanding for the grade with solid detail and corrosion-free medium brown surfaces. A scarce die state with the obverse die cud over RTY but no cud on the reverse. Typical 20 degree die rotation.
S-266. Late die state with a cud over RTY on the obverse and MERIC on the reverse. Well detailed with medium brown surfaces that are choice and devoid of the various issues that often plague this rare date.
Large 7. Attractive medium brown color and pleasing surfaces.
CAC. A beautiful early cent with lustrous chocolate brown surfaces and traces of original mint red. The surfaces are extremely attractive with no significant abrasions and very strong eye appeal.
S-281. Well detailed with attractive medium brown surfaces. The overdate is very obvious.
S-286. Evenly detailed with chocolate brown surfaces and a clear over-date.
Solid detail with pleasing surfaces.