The American Large Cent Coin Values

The American large cent is worth at least $18 to $20 today. That is the minimum value of a coin in what dealers call "good" condition.

American Large Cent Values

Your are very fortunate to own one, as those who assemble collections of the American large cent are very passionate about them and actively seek additions to their collections.

Should your coin be a rare date or even a well preserved large cent the value increases significantly.

The coin pictured is an example of a high condition coin any collector would desire. Quickly paying $160 to $175 or more. Spirited bidding often erupts at auctions over the rare large cents.

Discovering rare dates, high condition, or rare varieties all contributes to how much your coins are worth.

The American Large Cent Values - What Dealers Pay

The following chart show there is a wide range in the American large cent values. If you determine your Large Cent is valued in the hundreds of dollars or listed as RARE, absolutely have it graded by either NGC or the PCGS grading service. The "Grade Determines Value" section below, covers this important point in more detail.

American Large Cent Values
 Condition of Coin
DateGoodFineExtremely
Fine
Uncirculated
  Large Cent Values Updated 2017
1793
Chain
$5,491 $15,844 RARE RARE
1793
Wreath
$2,268 $5,931 $15,019 RARE
1793
Liberty
RARE RARE RARE RARE
1794 $480 $1,300 $3,789 $13,013
1795 $353 $911 $2,115 RARE
1796 $355 $1,220 $2,614 RARE
Draped Bust Variety 1796-1807
1796 $453 $1,785 $4,121 RARE
1797 $261 $614 $1,525 RARE
1798 $107 $421 $1,782 RARE
1799 $3,099 $13,283 RARE RARE
1800 $116 $261 $2,003 RARE
1801 $60 $276 $1,293 RARE
1802 $56 $187 $860 RARE
1803 $51 $212 $1,036 $3,053
1804 $1,851 $2,888 RARE RARE
1805 $57 $224 $897 $3,030
1806 $84 $282 $1,366 RARE
1807 $60 $289 $803 RARE
Classic Head Variety 1808-1814
1808 $91 $409 RARE RARE
1809 $237 $570 RARE RARE
1810 $69 $364 $1,555 RARE
1811 $127 $390 $2,385 RARE
1812 $80 $329 $1,650 RARE
1813 $91 $330 $1,483 RARE
1814 $77 $291 $1,455 $5,613
Coronet Variety 1816-1839
1816 $39 $75 $228 $866
1817 $21 $60 $192 $518
1818 $21 $59 $149 $445
1819 $22 $52 $281 $675
1820 $27 $65 $234 $410
1821 $37 $185 $710 RARE
1822 $24 $76 $298 $1,373
1823 $72 $291 $1,775 RARE
1824 $20 $47 $509 $1,789
1825 $20 $111 $499 RARE
1826 $21 $63 $245 $645
1827 $20 $46 $196 $1,207
1828 $21 $43 $294 $1,398
1829 $19 $54 $211 $1,236
1830 $20 $33 $207 $544
1831 $20 $43 $170 $499
1832 $20 $39 $123 $499
1833 $21 $35 $113 $514
1834 $20 $33 $129 $460
1835 $18 $39 $148 $429
1836 $19 $32 $123 $455
1837 $18 $32 $105 $373
1838 $18 $29 $110 $356
1839 $20 $28 $129 $404
Braided Hair Variety 1839-1857
1839 $20 $26 $99 $819
1840 $20 $27 $100 $334
1841 $20 $27 $123 $550
1842 $20 $27 $67 $410
1843 $18 $25 $78 $410
1844 $20 $24 $76 $433
1845 $19 $24 $70 $360
1846 $18 $24 $77 $281
1847 $18 $23 $61 $256
1848 $18 $24 $77 $283
1849 $19 $24 $60 $332
1850 $19 $23 $54 $175
1851 $18 $22 $52 $162
1852 $18 $22 $51 $175
1853 $18 $22 $52 $178
1854 $19 $25 $54 $175
1855 $20 $23 $52 $183
1856 $20 $24 $53 $177
1857 $44 $98 $208 $369

The above are wholesale coin values. Computed from dealer's price lists with various mark-up factors figured in. They reflect closely the value you would expect to receive when selling.

Variations in value do occur subject to subtle grading points, collector demands and dealer needs. For more background information, see how value listings in the Coin Value Guide are determined.


The American Large Cent "Grade" Determines Value

In order to determine the value of your coin it is necessary to "grade" its condition.

The concept is straight forward... as a coin circulates and wears, all the varying degrees of its condition are each assigned a grade.

Compare your coin to the grading images and find the closest match. The Braided Hair type large cent is pictured. Examine closely the hair around her face and the amount of detail showing in the leaves of the wreath on the reverse. The more detail evident the better the condition and grade. If your coin is slightly better than pictured, use the higher value of the price range.

Amazingly, some examples of the American large cent survive today in uncirculated or mint state grade, meaning no signs of wear. Skill is required to accurately grade a mint state large cent. Beware... small differences in grade often have large differences in value.

Grading the American Large Cent

Grading a coin is not an exact science. It is your opinion, dealers and collectors have their own opinions... and they can all differ slightly. There is hope...

Collectors and dealers consider PCGS and NGC as leaders in coin grading services. They both authenticate, grade your coin, and identify any special varieties. Especially important with the earlier years. The small fee you pay provides assurance you understand and receive the full value of your coin.

Investigate dealer's listings, look for those offering the American large cent for sale, their listings and prices usually include a notation of the NGC or PCGS assigned grade. Additionally... these coin dealers are potential buyers of your coins.

Start an American Large Cent Collection

Visit coin dealer web sites. Compare your coins to the ones dealers are selling. Soon you get a feel for the desirability and value of your holdings. Now...

Consider your coins as the beginnings of a coin collection and... hopefully the start of an enjoyable and rewarding hobby. Sorry, I just had to mention collecting coins. Even if you don't become a collector, one approach is to sell all of your coins and use the proceeds to buy one truly nice rare coin. Pass the thrill of a "rare" coin on to your children.

Take a minute and visit Joel Rettew's web site FastCoin.com. They are serious buyers of US coins. Additionally... they have many fascinating rare coins for sale.

The American Large Cent is Undervalued

The American large cent is much rarer than its value indicates. True, there are a number of collectors pursuing them avidly. However, in general large cents are not as popular and have as large a following as other series.

It is hard to imagine a lack if interest with such a diverse variety of large cents to collect. For example... in the first years of mintage alone three distinct designs were struck, all dated 1793...

  • Flowing Hair with Chain Reverse - 1793
  • Flowing Hair with Wreath Reverse - 1793
  • Liberty Cap 1793-1796

Followed by the Draped Bust 1796-1807, Classic Head 1808-1814, Coronet Type 1816-1839 and finally the Braided Hair 1839-1857. A fascinating series of coins. History records...

It was through the efforts of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson the fledgling U.S. mint began to produce large cents for the American economy. The historical significance of this, all but guarantees the future popularity of the series.

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