Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 333,546
Catalog: KM-67
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.89 Grams
Diameter: 27.5mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1857 LARGE 1C MS obverse 1857 LARGE 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1857 large cent is a relatively scarce coin in all grades, not only because of its small mintage, but also due to the fact that so many of this date never left the Philadelphia Mint. When the new small cent was issued in the spring of 1857, the Mint's existing stocks of large cents and half cents were destroyed.

Five die marriages are known for the 1857 large cent. N-1 is the sole variety having the Large Date and the one most often seen. Two of the four Small Date die marriages are proof-only coins; N-3 (photos) is slightly the more available of these proofs. The remaining two Small Dates are not rare as individual varieties, but they seem to form a minority of 1857 large cents struck for circulation.

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Last Updated: 6/3/2014

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1857 LARGE 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 60.00 85.00 125 190 265 265 335 360 385 420 445 475 520 685 850 1500 3100 - - - -
$ 300 355 375 410 435 465 500 555 790 1000 2000 3750 - -
1857 LARGE 1C MS Red Brown
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 757
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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2/28/1996 PCGS MS 60   Brown Teletrade Auction 0819, 819/Lot# 106 $152.60
1/22/2007 NGC AU 58   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 123, 128/Lot# 37 $402.50
12/4/2008 PCGS MS 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 2008 December Houston, TX Signature Coin Auction #1118, 1118/Lot# 65 $747.50
12/8/2011 NGC MS 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(4), 1162/Lot# 7161 $460.00
1/1/2013 NGC MS 64   Brown Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12065 $998.75
2/3/2013 NGC AU 55   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/03/2013, 60/Lot# 98891 $313.50
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 900 $3,877.50
6/3/2014 PCGS AU 55   Brown Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3463 $270.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 LARGE 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base381131151190220327423471502546575597653725865139318433238528981611
29971371642002553594394815165555826156777711041154323083921624681610
0000003594394815165555826156777711041154323083921624600
0000003914554915315655896347018181217169327734605720300
1857 LARGE 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111112444374875195685976316848201173208723353984511274381
11111823084534975355776086487299371477216928844360588774380
0000003084534975355776086487299371477216928844360588700
00000037247050855158761966677410551782225234344736666200
1857 LARGE 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111112583955656637641066145018863009381765459109137601
11111118630345159769686411941595226032784726739910659137600
0000001863034515976968641194159522603278472673991065900
00000011723495086307309651322174026343547563582541220900
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 2087
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
Grade: MS 64 BN
Points: 865
Owner: AKSHCC
 
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