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. Periods. S-4. LIBERTY, a partial date and an outline of Ms. Liberty are visible on the obverse. The chain and the denomination ONE CENT are clear on the reverse.
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!
CAC. S-260. Small Date, Large Fraction. Solid detail with beautiful problem-free light brown surfaces that have a faded golden-red tint.
Well worn but the date and LIBERTY are legible as are the major design details. The date die state 'cud' above AMERICA is also plain.
CAC. Private Restrike. Struck from rusted, discarded dies. The obverse was an 1803 S-261 (date altered) while the reverse was an 1820 N-12. This is a spectacular example with nearly flawless surfaces and flashy light brown luster with a pinkish-red hue. None have graded numerically finer at PCGS 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!
S-282. Solid detail with pleasing medium brown surfaces.
CAC. Super for the grade with a beautiful olive-green and brown patina.
CAC. N-2. A pleasing example of this popular Randall Hoard variety with beautiful satiny surfaces and a strong strike.
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.
N-14. Pleasing light brown surfaces with a reddish hue.
CAC. N-14. A beautiful example of this popular Randall Hoard variety with lots of original mint red.
Rich lustrous brown surfaces with a subtle red hue.
CAC. The mint red has faded to a beautiful golden-brown on this very conservatively graded Randall Hoard cent.
CAC. N-13. Lustrous light brown surfaces and a sharp strike with outstanding eye appeal.
A pleasing example of this scarce date.
A pleasing example of one of the middle-date 'keys'.
Well detailed with pleasing surfaces. The 'key' middle-date Large Cent.