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-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!
Strong detail with beautiful velvety brown surfaces that are problem-free and exceptional for an early cent in this grade.
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.
Small Date. Well detailed and problem-free with pleasing chestnut brown surfaces.
Strong detail with pleasing two-tone 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.
N-13. Large Date. Well struck with attractive surfaces that show vibrant mint red blending with soft-brown.
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!
CAC. Large Date. N-13. Presumably from the famous Randall Hoard of 1816-1820 Large Cents that was discovered in Georgia shortly after the Civil War. The final 2000+ coins were sold in 1878 after John Randall's death. This is a beautiful example with flashy mint red blending with soft-brown on the obverse and rich olive-brown on the reverse with faded mint red. The strike is very strong and the surfaces are exceptionally nice.
A pleasing example of one of the middle-date 'keys'.