US Large Cents 1808-1857

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CLASSIC HEAD TYPE 1808 - 1814

This group does not compare in sharpness and quality to those struck before (1793-1807), nor to those struck after (1816 on). The copper used was "softer," having less metallic impurity. This impaired the wearing quality of the series.

Classic Head Large Cent

Specifics:

Size: 29mm or 1-1/8"
Weight: 10.89 grams or 168 grains
Edge: Plain
Composition: Copper
Quantity minted: 4,757,722
Designer: John Reich

Key Dates and Coin Values:

• 1809; AG-3: $40.00, EF-40: $2,225
• 1811 Last 1 over 0; AG-3: $28.00, EF-40: $3,625
• 1813; AG-3: $25.00, EF-40: $1,250
Average coin values of other dates: AG-3 - $20.00, EF-40 - $1,000

CORONET TYPE 1816-1857

MATRON HEAD Variety, 1816 - 1835 (with 13 or 15 stars)

1817 Large Cent Matron Head

Specifics:

Diameter: 28-29 mm or 1-1/8"
Weight: 10.89 grams or 168 grains
Edge: Plain
Composition: Copper
Quantity minted: 47,765,912
Designer: Robert Scot

Key Dates and Coin Values:

• 1817, 15 stars; G-4: $17.00, EF-40: $425.00
• 1821; G-4: $25.00, EF-40: $1,100
• 1823; G-4: $50.00, EF-40: $2,400
• 1823 Unofficial restrike from broken obverse die; EF-40: $325.00
• 1826, 6 over 5; G-4: $20.00, EF-40: $675.00
• 1830 Medium letters; G-4: $25.00, EF-40: $850.00
• 1834 Large 8 and stars, medium letters; G-4: $125.00, EF-40: $1,550
Average coin values of other dates: G-4 - $15.00, EF-40 - $135.00


YOUNG HEAD Variety, 1835 - 1857

1837 Large Cent Young Head

Specifics:

Diameter: 27.5 mm
Weight: 10.89 grams or 168 grains
Edge: Plain
Composition: Copper
Quantity minted: 85,973,964
Designer: Christian Gobrecht

OBVERSE: Variations in the style and size of the date exist for particularly every year of issue.

Key Dates and Coin Values:

• 1839 9 over 6, plain cords; G-4: $225.00, EF-40: $5,550
• 1843 Petite head, large letters; G-4: $15.00, EF-40: $155.00
• 1844 over 81 (error); G-4: $15.00, EF-40: $225.00
• 1847, 7 over "small" 7; G-4: $15.00, EF-40: $130.00
• 1851 over 81 (error); G-4: $14.00, EF-40: $110.00
• 1857 Large and Small date; G-4: $30.00, EF-40: $90.00
Average coin values of other dates: G-4 - $14.00, EF-40 - $70.00

BOOBY HEAD 1839

1839 Large Cent Booby Head

The Booby and Silly heads of 1839 use a modified reverse that omits the line under CENT.

PETITE HEAD 1839 - 1843

1842 Large cent Petite Head


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(Sources: Encyclopedia Of U.S. Coins by Mort Reed and The Official Red Book of United States Coins by R.S. Yeoman.)