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.
VF Detail - Environmental Damage.
Fine Details - Environmental Damage. S-58. Head of 1794.
Head of 1795. S-70. An easy variety to identify due to a dramatic die break from the rim, running between the T and Y of Liberty, and into Ms. Liberty's forehead.
Reverse of 1797, Stems. Very attractive with a smooth problem-free planchet.
Very sharp detail with attractive medium brown surfaces.
VF Details - Corrosion. Small Date, Small Fraction. S-255.
XF Detail - Environmental Damage. Small Date, Large Fraction.
Private Restrike. Struck from rusted, discarded dies. The obverse was an 1803 S-261 (date altered to 1804) and the reverse used was an 1820 N-12.
Well struck with medium brown surfaces that exhibit ample luster for the grade and plenty of eye appeal. A first year issue for the 'Classic Head' design.
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-294. Crosslet 4. This is a glorious early cent with a vibrant cartwheel showing intense iridescent blue-brown luster with a touch of pinkish-red. It would be hard to overstate the tremendous eye-appeal of this fantastic Gem!
Crosslet 4. Sharply struck with beautiful chestnut brown surfaces that are nearly flawless and devoid of any imperfections. Outstanding quality and wonderful eye appeal.
N-13. Large Date. Spectacular quality with lustrous golden-brown surfaces with hints of faded red and lime. Mark and spot-free with excellent eye appeal!
Strong detail and attractive medium brown surfaces. One of the middle-date Large Cent 'keys'.