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.
Head of 1794. 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-30. Head of 1794. The "Marred Field" variety, identified by a die chip in the left field. This is a very attractive cent with problem-free, smooth surfaces and very strong detail.
Head of 1794. S-49. Attractive medium brown surfaces and strong detail from an even strike. A touch of planchet granularity, as made, and free from distracting marks with excellent eye appeal.
Plain Edge. Outstanding for the grade with pleasing surfaces and strong detail.
Rev. of 1797, Stems. S-138. Die bulge at upper-right on the reverse is diagnostic and makes this a very recognizable variety. The surfaces are smooth and attractive with strong detail and a pleasing light brown color.
Solid detail and pleasing surfaces.
Solid detail with pleasing chestnut brown surfaces.
Small Date, Large Fraction. Strong detail and attractive mocha-brown surfaces.
CAC. Private Restrike. Struck from rusted, discarded dies. The obverse was an 1803 S-261 (date altered to 1804) and the reverse used was and 1820 N-12. This is a beautiful chocolate brown example, fully lustrous and nearly as struck!
S-279. A pleasing example of this first-year Turban Head Cent. The detail is strong and the variegated light to medium brown surfaces are choice.
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.
Small Date. Pleasing and problem-free medium brown surfaces.
Plain 4. Nice detail with problem-free medium brown surfaces.
13 Stars. Nice lustrous surfaces with a fair amount of faded red blending with soft brown.
13 Stars. N-14. Pleasing problem-free surfaces with considerable mint red.
Lustrous olive-green and brown surfaces with a sharp strike and minimal marks.