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.
Head of 1795. S-67. Nice chestnut brown surfaces. The obverse has strong detail for the grade while the reverse is a bit weakly struck in the center.
S-55. Head of 1794. Nice medium brown color with pleasing surfaces that are free of porosity. The diagnostic feature of this variety (S-55) is the A in STATES on the reverse which is raised and tilted to the left.
Liberty Cap. Strong detail and problem-free with nice medium brown surfaces. Particularly pleasing for a 1796 'Cap'!
CAC. Liberty Cap. S-81. The obverse detail is particularly strong with weakness in the center of the reverse as is always the case with a Sheldon-81. The surfaces are very clean and problem-free. High-end for the grade!
1800/79. Well detailed with outstanding two-toned brown color and pristine surfaces. This date often comes with a dark, porous planchet. This example is particularly nice!
3 Errors Reverse. S-219. In the early days of the mint, employees were allowed to drink rum as the water was unsafe to drink. The bar must have been open early on the day in 1801 when this reverse die was engraved. The fraction reads 1/000, the left stem is missing on the wreath, and the U in UNITED is upside down. The Three Errors Reverse is one of the most popular varieties of early large cents.
S-228. 1/000. A well detailed and attractive example of this popular variety.
Strong detail with attractive chestnut brown surfaces.
Solid detail with pleasing problem-free medium brown surfaces.
S-255. Small Date, Small Fraction. A pleasing early copper with strong detail for the grade.
Small Date, Small Fraction.
S-260. Small Date, Large Fraction. Well detailed with attractive light brown surfaces.
Small Date, Small Fraction.
S-254. Small Date, Small Fraction. Very strong detail with problem-free surfaces and nice light to medium brown color.
S-266c. Well detailed with nice color and surfaces. A late die state example with obverse rim break over RTY and a massive reverse break over MERIC.
Lovely chestnut brown problem-free surfaces and just a touch of wear. Classic Head Cents are very hard to find in any grade with a clean, light planchet. This exceptional high-end XF coin is a real treat!
S-281. Well detailed with nice medium brown surfaces. The overdate is very obvious on this popular variety.
Large Date. Pleasant chocolate brown surfaces. Even wear and solid for the grade.