1808-1857 Large Cent - Circulated

1808-1857 Large Cent - Circulated

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By the year 1857, the cost to produce and issue copper coins had gotten too high. The U.S. Mint was forced to come up with an alternative for the short lived Large cent which was made of PURE COPPER. After the large cent, all U.S. pennies were much smaller were only composed of .880 pure copper until they eventually had almost no copper like they do today. Every Large Cent was only minted at the Philadelphia mint.

We just got in a really nice batch of these, which are much nicer than the ones we typically find. This is a rare opportunity to own a Large Cent at a price that we had not been previously able to offer them at!

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  • Pure copper!
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A large cent is a type of copper coin that was issued by the United States from 1793 to 1857. As the name suggests, these coins are larger than the later small cent coins like the modern penny.

Key dates for large cents that are known for their rarity and value include 1793 (the first year of minting), 1799, 1804, and the overdate 1793/2.

The value of a large cent varies widely depending on its condition, year, and variety. Common dates in lower grades may be worth $30 to $100, while rarer dates and higher grades can fetch thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars.

The different types of large cents include:Flowing Hair Large Cent (1793)
Liberty Cap Large Cent (1793-1796)
Draped Bust Large Cent (1796-1807)
Classic Head Large Cent (1808-1814)
Coronet Head Large Cent (1816-1839)
Braided Hair Large Cent (1839-1857)

Authenticating a large cent involves examining its weight, diameter, design details, and metal composition. Consulting with a professional numismatist or having the coin authenticated by a reputable grading service like PCGS or NGC is advisable.

Large cents can be bought from rare coin dealers such as Bullion Shark.

No, large cents, like most collectible coins, do not meet the fineness requirements set by the IRS for inclusion in a precious metals IRA, which is typically limited to certain gold, silver, platinum, and palladium bullion.

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