The American Large Cent Coin Values

The American large cent is worth at least $17 to $21 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 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 2016
1793
Chain
$5,475 $16,170 RARE RARE
1793
Wreath
$2,148 $4,640 $13,225 RARE
1793
Liberty
RARE RARE RARE RARE
1794 $265 $461 $2,575 $11,000
1795 $272 $818 $2,050 RARE
1796 $505 $730 $6,525 RARE
Draped Bust Variety 1796-1807
1796 $1,963 $3,275 $7,400 RARE
1797 $181 $485 $1,450 RARE
1798 $191 $390 $1,713 RARE
1799 $3,775 $11,125 RARE RARE
1800 $91 $335 $2,615 RARE
1801 $46 $263 $1,514 RARE
1802 $49 $179 $708 RARE
1803 $62 $273 $1,263 $3,275
1804 $1,396 $3,950 RARE RARE
1805 $79 $245 $537 $5,800
1806 $91 $263 $1,425 RARE
1807 $52 $150 $975 RARE
Classic Head Variety 1808-1814
1808 $93 $325 RARE RARE
1809 $112 $507 RARE RARE
1810 $47 $300 $900 RARE
1811 $103 $328 $1,870 RARE
1812 $77 $300 $1,262 RARE
1813 $86 $259 $1,572 RARE
1814 $71 $348 $1,763 $4,343
Coronet Variety 1816-1839
1816 $44 $70 $217 $651
1817 $24 $81 $151 $693
1818 $22 $51 $137 $490
1819 $22 $73 $152 $702
1820 $20 $57 $157 $379
1821 $46 $210 $969 RARE
1822 $26 $81 $357 $1,800
1823 $97 $300 $1,763 RARE
1824 $21 $69 $375 $1,152
1825 $20 $73 $450 RARE
1826 $20 $52 $227 $768
1827 $22 $43 $170 $713
1828 $20 $38 $172 $364
1829 $20 $43 $176 $1,001
1830 $18 $35 $169 $716
1831 $19 $35 $158 $566
1832 $19 $35 $158 $455
1833 $18 $33 $138 $455
1834 $18 $33 $161 $362
1835 $18 $33 $143 $459
1836 $19 $34 $143 $491
1837 $18 $33 $109 $357
1838 $19 $30 $109 $455
1839 $20 $37 $166 $637
Braided Hair Variety 1839-1857
1839 $20 $34 $122 $875
1840 $21 $29 $107 $385
1841 $18 $32 $119 $413
1842 $19 $30 $80 $455
1843 $21 $27 $127 $470
1844 $19 $28 $95 $455
1845 $19 $27 $93 $378
1846 $17 $26 $83 $245
1847 $19 $25 $61 $179
1848 $19 $25 $65 $306
1849 $17 $24 $60 $455
1850 $19 $24 $57 $157
1851 $18 $23 $52 $152
1852 $18 $23 $52 $157
1853 $19 $25 $54 $144
1854 $18 $26 $52 $145
1855 $18 $23 $51 $151
1856 $18 $23 $52 $156
1857 $27 $55 $275 $461

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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