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.
Plain Edge. Well detailed with very attractive light chocolate brown surfaces.
A well worn example of one of the rarest dates in the series. All 4 digits of the date are legible.
S-232. Strong detail with pleasing medium brown surfaces.
S-233. Solid detail with nice problem-free medium brown surfaces.
Small Date, Small Fraction.
S-281. Well detailed with nice medium brown surfaces. The overdate is very obvious on this popular variety.
XF Details - Environmental Damage. Sharp detail and attractive. The surfaces have a very fine granular quality that PCGS deemed to be "Environmental Damage". Still a good looking coin that we thought would 'grade' when we submitted it to PCGS.
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.
13 Stars. Rich velvety luster and a solid strike with pleasing surfaces. Designated 'Brown' but considerable mint red blends with soft brown on this choice Coronet Cent.
Well struck with chestnut brown surfaces that retain a trace of faded red.
Well struck with rich autumn leaves-brown surfaces.
N-10. Well struck and lustrous with very attractive surfaces. The obverse shows considerable mint red.
CAC. The mint red has faded to a beautiful golden-brown on this very conservatively graded Randall Hoard cent.
Small Date. Rich velvety luster that is light brown with a reddish tint. The surfaces are free of spots and significant marks and the eye appeal is exceptional.
CAC. Small Date. A wonderful lustrous cent with considerable mint red blending nicely with soft brown. The strike is solid and the eye appeal is excellent.
CAC. N-13. Large Date. Well struck with beautiful lustrous surfaces that have subtle shades of olive, brown, orange and faded red. The 'autumn leafs' effect is stunning.
CAC. N-13. Beautiful light chocolate brown with a faint blue hue and glimpses of mint red about the stars and the lettering and in the protected areas of Ms. Liberty. The strike is sharp and the overall eye appeal is fantastic. The Randall Hoard of 1816 to 1820 Large Cents was the source of the nicest surviving coins from these dates. This 1820 cent from that source is spectacular!
One of the 'keys' to a middle-date Large Cent collection.