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 nice even strike on a problem-free planchet with pleasing glossy light brown surfaces. Maris called this the "Pyramidal Head" as the hair to the left has a straight downward sweep suggesting the shape of a pyramid.
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. 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.
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.
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.
A pleasing example of this scarce overdate.
Outstanding for the grade with lustrous medium brown surfaces and a trace of faded copper-orange in the most protected areas of the obverse design.
Well detailed with problem-free chocolate brown surfaces.
Strong detail and pleasing two-toned brown surfaces on this tough middle-date Large Cent.