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. AMERICA. Pleasing medium brown surfaces are problem-free and showcase a strong and well detailed chain. Miss Liberty has solid features for the grade and the date, while weak, is visible. A very desirable example and sure to please.
S-135. Rev of 1797, Stems. A beautiful Draped Bust cent with satiny smooth surfaces that are devoid of significant marks. The impression is bold and well centered with faded red blending with a warm brown patina on this wonderfully original Gem. Most of the high grade 1797 cents are Sheldon-135 as this variety was in the Nichols Find which turned up in Massachusetts in the 1850's. It was comprised mostly of S-119, S-123, and S-135 cents from 1796 and 1797. This lovely coin is almost certainly from that group.
Reverse of 1797. Stems. Well detailed with attractive chocolate surfaces.
Pleasing surfaces and solid detail. The mint struggled to find high quality planchets in 1801 so problem-free coins, like this one, are a real find!
No Stems. Well detailed with pleasing chocolate brown surfaces.
VF Details. Environmental Damage.
Solid detail with pleasant chocolate surfaces.
S-232. Well detailed medium brown color with smooth surfaces and an even strike. A few scattered marks are minor and of no significance. Pleasing with strong eye appeal.
Well-detailed chocolate brown surfaces.
Chocolate brown surfaces and solid detail.
Small Date. Large Fraction. Well detailed chocolate brown surfaces.
Fine Details. Environmental Damage. S-260. Small Date. Large Fraction.
Small Date, Small Fraction. Solid detail with pleasing medium brown surfaces.
CAC.S-266. An early die state of this better date early 'large cent' with a mintage of only 96,500. Well detailed light chocolate brown surfaces exhibit a pleasing look and an even strike.
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-274. Small Fraction. R-3+. A beautiful early cent that is sharply struck on a problem-free light chocolate brown planchet. Reverse die swelling obliterates the TA of STATES on the reverse as is typical for the variety. Scarce and very attractive. A super collector coin!
Well struck medium brown surfaces exhibit ample luster for the grade and plenty of eye appeal. A first year issue for the 'Classic Head' design.
S-279. Well detailed with chocolate brown surfaces
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.
Well detailed with nice problem-free surfaces.