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.
Wreath. Vine and Bars Edge. Well worn but still desirable with the date and major detail visible.
Chain. America. Attractive warm chocolate surfaces exhibit a full date and legends. The chain stands out bold and distinct. Highly desirable as the first mass produced regular issue coin struck by the U.S. Mint. A wonderful example of an American classic.
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. S-57. 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.
S-219. 3 Errors Reverse. The water supply wasn't safe in Philadelphia during the early 19th century, so employees were allowed to drink rum at the mint. Is it any wonder that a few wild errors would be created. The reverse of this coin has the fraction 1/000, just a single stem on the wreath and UNITED spelled IINITED. This is a decent example with good detail and choice color which makes up for a couple faded old light hairlines.
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!
S-282. Solid detail with pleasing medium brown surfaces.
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!
Large Date. Pleasant chocolate brown surfaces. Even wear and solid for the grade.
Small Date. Well detailed and problem-free with pleasing chestnut brown surfaces.
CAC. 13 Stars. Very attractive with problem-free chocolate brown surfaces that display faint iridescent hues of lavender, olive-green and a touch of faded red.
Strong detail with lustrous olive-brown surfaces that retain a touch of mint red. Very attractive and very, very close to being mint state!
Small Date. Satiny smooth surfaces are coated with chestnut brown and steel-blue luster and there's a lack of significant marks. Very conservatively graded!
Pleasant chocolate surfaces.
CAC. N-13. Lustrous light brown surfaces and a sharp 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!
A pleasing example of one of the middle-date 'keys'.
Private Restrike. Original medium brown surfaces and a great look on this Red Book listed large cent. Made by the same individuals as the 1804 'restrike' large cent at the same time. Very desirable.
Private Restrike. Glossy brown surfaces with a touch of red still present. Produced privately with the pairing of 2 cracked and rusted dies, this is a popular and desirable offering that is a great addition to any large cent or general collection.