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Grading

Type Photograde NGC Grading Coin Help US Cents Design Other
Chain Cent PCGS NGC Coin Help
Wreath Cent PCGS Coin Help
Liberty Cap PCGS Coin Help US Cents
Draped Bust PCGS NGC Coin Help US Cents
Classic Head PCGS NGC Coin Help
Coronet Head PCGS NGC US Cents High Points
Braided Hair PCGS NGC Coin Help US Cents EAC

Current Pricing

Type PCGS NGC Redbook Numismedia Heritage Auction Prices Realized
PCGS NGC Other
Flowing Hair PCGS NGC Redbook FMV Heritage PCGS NGC Heritage
E-bay Upcoming
E-bay Completed
Liberty Cap NGC Redbook NGC
Draped Bust PCGS NGC Redbook PCGS NGC
Classic Head PCGS NGC Redbook PCGS NGC
Coronet Head PCGS NGC Redbook PCGS NGC
Braided Hair PCGS NGC PCGS NGC

Population Reports

Type PCGS Certified NGC Certified CAC Certified
Flowing Hair PCGS NGC Chain
Wreath
Liberty Cap PCGS NGC CAC
Draped Bust PCGS NGC CAC
Classic Head PCGS NGC CAC
Coronet PCGS NGC CAC
Braided PCGS CAC

Mintages and Varieties

Significant Collections of Interest

Counterfeit Information

Counterfeit Likeliness: Below Average

Counterfeit 1799 coins exist that were altered 1798 coins. Familiarity with the die characteristics of the 2 obverse and 3 reverse dies of the 1799 is essential.

Counterfeit 1793 coins are generally cast or an Electrotype. Look for a seam or improper weight. Also look for an alteration of AMERICA to AMERI.

"Bay Area" counterfeits also exist for large cents with 1853 being the most common coin encountered. An unusual doubled date and a repeating depression in Miss Liberty's jaw are the tell-tale signs.

Counterfeit Coins from Dan Holmes Collection

Issue Common Counterfeit
1793
All Types
Electrotype
Cast Counterfeit
1799Altered Date
Usually from 1798
1804Electrotype
Cast Counterfeit
Altered Date
1805Transfer Dies
1851/81Transfer Dies
1852Transfer Dies
1853Transfer Dies
1853
(Bay Area)
Look for Doubled Date

Essential Reference Books

  1. Boka, J.A. 2005. Provenance Gallery of the Year 1794 United States Large Cents. Falcon Books, San Ramon, CA.
  2. Breen, Walter. 2000. Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of Early US Cents 1793-1814. Bowers and Merena Galleries, Wolfeboro, NH.
  3. Grellman, J.R. 2001. The Die Varieties of United States Large Cents 1840-1857. M&G Publications.
  4. Newcomb, Howard, H. 1944 (revised 1956). United States Copper Cents 1816-1857. (1986 Reprint of 1956 edition widely available)
  5. Noyes, W.C. 2005. Penny Prices, Digital Dynamics, Ann Arbor, MI.
  6. Noyes, W.C., Del Bland and Dan Demeo. The Official Condition Census for U.S. Large Cents 1793-1839
  7. Noyes, W.C. 1991. United States Large Cents 1793-1814. Litho Technical Services, Bloomington, MN.
  8. Noyes, W.C. 1991. United States Large Cents 1816-1839. Litho Technical Services, Bloomington, MN.
  9. Noyes, W.C. 2006. United States Large Cents 1793-1794. Digital Dynamics, Ann Arbor, MI.
  10. Noyes, W.C. 2007. United States Large Cents 1795-1797. Digital Dynamics, Ann Arbor, MI.
  11. Sheldon, William H. Early American Cents, 1793-1814. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1949.
  12. Sheldon, William H. Penny Whimsy: A Revision of Early American Cents, 1793-1814. New York: Harper & Row, 1958.
  13. Wright, J. 1992. The CENT Book 1816-1839. Privately published.

Large Cent Mintages by Redbook Variety

Flowing Hair Large Cents - Chain Reverse
1793 AMERI36,103
1793 AMERICAInc
Flowing Hair Large Cents - Wreath Reverse
1793 Vine and Bars Edge63,353
1793 Lettered EdgeInc
Liberty Cap Large Cents
179311,056
1794 Head of 1793918,521
1794 Head of 1794Inc
1794 Exact head of 1795Inc
1794 Starred reverseInc
1794 No fraction barInc
1795 Plain edge538,500
1795 Lettered edgeInc
1795 Jefferson Head, plain edgeInc
1796109,285
Draped Bust Large Cents
1796 Reverse of 1794363,375
1796 Reverse of 1796Inc
1796 Reverse of 1797Inc
1796 LIHERTYInc
1797 Reverse of 1795, Gripped edge897,510
1797 Reverse of 1795, Plain edgeInc
1797 Rev. of 1797, stemsInc
1797 Rev. of 1797, stemlessInc
1798 Rev. of 17951,841,745
1798/7 1st Hair styleInc
1798 1st Hair styleInc
1798 2nd Hair style
1799(inc in 1798)
1799/8Inc
1800 Normal date2,822,175
1800/1798 1st Hair styleInc
18011,362,837
1801 3 errors reverseInc
1801 1/000Inc
1801 100/000Inc
18023,435,100
1802 StemlessInc
1802 1/000Inc
1803 Small date/Small fraction3,131,691
1803 Small date/Large fractionInc
1803 Large date/Small fractionInc
1803 Large date/Small fractionInc
1803 StemlessInc
1803 100/000Inc
180496,500
1804 Restrike circa 1860Inc
1805 Pointed 1941,116
1805 Blunt 1Inc
1806348,000
1807 Large fraction829,221
1807 Small fractionInc
1807 Small fraction, cometInc
1807/6 Large 7Inc
1807/6 Small 7Inc
Classic Head Large Cents
18081,007,000
1809222,867
18101,458,500
1810/09 Over dateInc
1811218,025
1811/0Inc
1812 Small date1,075,500
1812 Large dateInc
1813418,000
1814 Plain 4357,830
1814 Crosslet 4Inc
Matron Head Large Cents
18162,820,982
1817 13 stars3,948,400
1817 15 starsInc
18183,167,000
1819/8 Over dates2,671,000
1819 Large dateInc
1819 Small DateInc
18204,407,550
1820/19 Over dateInc
1820 Large date, curl top 2Inc
1820 Large date, plain top 2Inc
1821389,000
18222,072,339
18231,262,000
1823/2 Over dateInc
1823 RestrikeInc
1824Inc
1824/2Inc
18251,461,100
18261,517,425
1826/5Inc
18272,357,732
1828 Large narrow date2,260,624
1828 Small wide dateInc
1829 Large letters1,414,500
1829 Medium lettersInc
1830 Large letters1,711,500
1830 Medium lettersInc
1831 Large letters3,359,260
1831 Medium lettersInc
1832 Large letters2,362,000
1832 Medium lettersInc
18332,739,000
1834 Small 8, large stars, medium letters1,855,100
1834 Large 8, small stars, medium lettersInc
1834 Large 8, large stars, medium lettersInc
1834 Large 8, large stars, large lettersInc
18353,878,400
1835 Small 8, small starsInc
1835 Large 8, large starsInc
1835 Head of 1836Inc
18362,111,000
1837 Plain cord, medium letters5,558,300
1837 Plain cord, small lettersInc
1837 Head of 1838Inc
18386,370,200
1839 Head of 18383,128,661
1839/6Inc
1839 Silly headInc
1839 Booby headInc
Braided Hair Large Cents
1839 Petite head, type of 18403,128,661
1840 Large date2,462,700
1840 Small dateInc
1840 Small date, large 18Inc
18411,597,367
1842 Large date2,383,390
1842 Small DateInc
1843 Petite head, small letters2,425,342
1843 Petite head, large lettersInc
1843 Mature head, large lettersInc
18442,398,752
1844/81 Over dateInc
18453,894,804
1846 Small date4,120,800
1846 Medium dateInc
1846 Tall dateInc
18476,183,669
1847 7/small 7Inc
18486,415,799
18494,178,500
18504,426,844
18519,889,707
1851/81 Over dateInc
18525,063,094
18536,641,131
18544,236,156
1855 Upright 5s1,574,829
1855 Slanted 5sInc
1855 Slanted 5s, knob on earInc
1856 Upright 52,690,463
1856 Slanted 5Inc
1857 Large date333,456
1857 Small dateInc