1 Cent "Liberty Head/Braided Hair Cent"

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1839-1857
Value 1 Cent (0.01 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Copper
Weight 10.89 g
Diameter 27.5 mm
Thickness 2.39 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 982
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 67
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.

Obverse

Portrait of Liberty facing left, date below, 13 stars surrounding around the rim

Script: Latin

Lettering: 1855

Engraver: Christian Gobrecht Read more on Wikipedia

Christian Gobrecht was the third Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1840 until his death in 1844. He was responsible for designing the famous "Seated Liberty" designs, which were in turn the direct inspiration for the design of the Trade Dollar.

Reverse

Value within wreath

Script: Latin

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
ONE CENT

Engraver: Christian Gobrecht Read more on Wikipedia

Christian Gobrecht was the third Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1840 until his death in 1844. He was responsible for designing the famous "Seated Liberty" designs, which were in turn the direct inspiration for the design of the Trade Dollar.

Edge

Plain

1 Cent "Liberty Head/Braided Hair Cent" -  obverse

© Harryg (CC BY)

Mint

United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)

Comments

General

1839

1840

1842

1843

1844

1846

1847


NOTE: 1848 issues with small date numbers are contemporary counterfeits.

1851

1855

1856

1857

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1839  $ 13 3% head of 1840, included in mintage of KM# 45.2
1840  2 462 700 $ 14 4% large date
1840  0.6% overdate small 18/large 18
1840  $ 23 $ 30 3% small date
1841  1 597 367 $ 14 $ 28 $ 40 $ 52 5% (fr) Petite date
1842  2 383 390 $ 11 $ 22 4% large date
1842  $ 27 $ 27 5% small date
1843  2 425 342 3% mature head, large letters
1843  1.2% petite head, large letters
1843  $ 18 $ 18 $ 18 $ 49 7% petite head, small letters
1844  2 398 752 $ 18 $ 18 $ 19 $ 36 8%
1844  1.1% overdate 44/81
1845  3 894 804 $ 14 $ 19 $ 20 $ 28 $ 33 13%
1846  4 120 800 $ 22 4% large date
1846  $ 16 3% medium date
1846  $ 18 $ 18 $ 18 $ 18 8% small date
1847  6 183 669 $ 17 $ 18 $ 18 $ 24 $ 47 18%
1847  1.0% overdate 1847/small 1847
1848  6 415 799 $ 9.10 $ 20 $ 22 $ 27 $ 50 19% (fr) Les originaux de l'époque ont une grosse date ; ceux à petite date sont des contrefaçons
1849  4 178 500 $ 18 $ 19 $ 21 $ 22 $ 73 14%
1850  4 426 844 $ 17 $ 19 $ 19 $ 28 12%
1851  9 889 707 $ 16 $ 19 $ 19 $ 22 $ 29 27%
1851  1.4% overdate 51/inverted 81
1852  5 063 094 $ 16 $ 16 $ 16 $ 30 $ 37 16%
1853  6 641 131 $ 14 $ 18 $ 20 $ 22 $ 45 $ 120 20%
1854  4 236 156 $ 17 $ 20 $ 28 $ 28 $ 40 14%
1855  1 574 829 $ 38 2% slanted 5s
1855  1.1% slanted 5s, knob over ear
1855  $ 28 5% upright 5s
1856  2 690 463 $ 17 $ 17 $ 35 5% slanted 5
1856  $ 18 $ 21 $ 30 6% upright 5
1857  333 456 2% large date
1857  1.0% small date

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Cent "Liberty Head/Braided Hair Cent"
Katz
Auction 70
Lot 993
Internet Archive
Nov 13, 2022 1841 – (fr) Petite date AU USD 212.67
(EUR 193.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Cent "Liberty Head/Braided Hair Cent"
Katz
Auction 69
Lot 3173
Internet Archive
Oct 29, 2022 1848 – (fr) Les originaux de l'époque ont une grosse date ; ceux à petite date sont des contrefaçons VF USD 85.95
(EUR 78.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Cent "Liberty Head/Braided Hair Cent"
Katz
Auction 72
Lot 2981
Internet Archive
Dec 21, 2022 1849 XF USD 51.79
(EUR 47.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Cent "Liberty Head/Braided Hair Cent"
Katz
Auction 63
Lot 3901
Internet Archive
Jul 26, 2022 1850 VF USD 38.57
(EUR 35.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Cent "Liberty Head/Braided Hair Cent"
Katz
Auction 72
Lot 2982
Internet Archive
Dec 21, 2022 Undetermined XF USD 44.08
(EUR 40.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Cent "Liberty Head/Braided Hair Cent"
Katz
Auction 57
Lot 915
Internet Archive
Mar 19, 2022 Undetermined XF USD 16.53
(EUR 15.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Cent "Liberty Head/Braided Hair Cent"
Katz
Auction 72
Lot 2983
Internet Archive
Dec 21, 2022 Undetermined VF USD 40.77
(EUR 37.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Cent "Liberty Head/Braided Hair Cent"
Katz
Auction 63
Lot 3902
Internet Archive
Jul 26, 2022 Undetermined VF USD 77.13
(EUR 70.00)
(+ buyer's premium)

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