Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 333,546
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.8900g
Diameter: 27.5mm
Edge: Plain
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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. 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 (N-2 is illustrated).

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Last Updated: 7/31/2019

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1857 LARGE 1C MS BN
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Base $ 65.00 100.00 165 210 260 340 375 400 430 450 480 590 750 1000 2550 3300 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1350 - - - -
1857 LARGE 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 900 1180 1900 5050 - - - - -
1857 LARGE 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5200 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1027
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/13/2021 1857 LARGE 1C MS BN
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Base-1-563558057531101093391041081263410----957
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Total-1-563558057531101093391041091263411----959
 -0%-1%7%6%8%6%6%11%11%0%4%11%11%13%4%1%---- 
1857 LARGE 1C MS RB
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Base-------------81429162----69
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Total-------------81429162----69
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1857 LARGE 1C MS RD
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Base----------------1-----1
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Total----------------1-----1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 LARGE 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8111515917926250257568471582095810211152139318862401363960079588100741088713700
9213016620734252661169475086697910651232155720582814442872019750103451182514385
000000611694750866979106512321557205828144428720197501034500
0000006487057859121000110813131722222932265218839499121061600
1857 LARGE 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10214318320127853962072575487410211081121914721985252538176248991810401112941
116156189227365566655735794923104111271303164321652956462774711007910699112941
00000065573579492310411127130316432165295646277471100791069900
00000069074483497210611173138818142345338654388695102401099600
1857 LARGE 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base123163201237304586663774820916106611381271155820872699398464731022610788137621
136176213259398612700789852966109011821367173422913127481477241041311779137621
00000070078985296610901182136717342291312748147724104131177900
000000737805884101611141227146219112495355656438975106011277100
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Grade: MS 66 BN
Points: 7201
Owner: Fin2
 
Grade: MS 66 BN
Points: 6007
Owner: Liberty1776
 
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