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1857 Braided Hair Large Cent // PCGS Certified MS64BN Large Date CAC // Wood Presentation Box

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When the U.S. Mint first began producing one cent coins in 1793, they were large, clunky pieces nearly the size of a modern half dollar and made from almost pure copper. With the purchasing power of roughly a quarter dollar by today’s standards, these “large cents” were important players in American commerce throughout the first half of the 19th century. The design was modified several times over the years, eventually resulting in the Braided Hair variety minted from 1839 to 1857. Designed by Christian Gobrecht, the obverse features a classical depiction of Liberty with braids in her hair wearing a coronet. Thirteen stars surround the obverse symbolizing the original states. The reverse features a wreath encircling the denomination. By 1856, the cost of producing these large copper coins rose so high that the U.S. mint was forced to significantly reduce the size of the one cent coin. On May 25th, 1857 the mint debuted a new small diameter cent, the Flying Eagle cent, which was the same size as our modern-day Lincoln cent. The large cent, as well as the half-cent, was discontinued that year. You will receive the unique coin shown in the photos housed in a plush-lined box with a certificate of authenticity.

Product Details
  • Measurements
    5"L x 4"W x 1"H
  • OriginUnited States

— Type: Braided Hair Large Cent (1839-1857)
— Designer: Christian Gobrecht
— Weight: 10.89 grams
— Diameter: 27.5 mm
— Composition: Copper
— Obverse Design: Liberty, facing left, with braided hair and cornet / 13 Stars
— Obverse Inscription: DATE
— Reverse Design: Wreath encircling denomination
— Reverse Inscription: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / ONE CENT
— Packaged in a Plush-Lined Box
— Certificate of Authenticity Included

The product offered for sale in this listing has been certified by one or more professional certification services, so you can be confident in the authenticity and stated condition.

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    Canada, United States
  • Shipping Policy
    Discounted Shipping
  • Discounted Shipping
    $15.00 first item / $15.00 each additional
  • Ship In
    1-2 weeks
  • Return Policy
    Final sale, not eligible for return or cancellation

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