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1 Cent "Liberty Head/Braided Hair Cent"

Features

Country United States
Type Common coin
Years 1839-1857
Value 1 Cent (0.01 USD)
Metal Bronze (Cu 95%, Sn and Zn 5%)
Weight 10.89 g
Diameter 27.5 mm
Thickness 2.39 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
References KM# 67
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Obverse

Female portrait left, date below, 13 stars surrounding.
NOTE: KM#67.1 with small dates, large dates on KM#67.2
NOTE: 1848 issue with small date letters is considered counterfeit

Lettering:
LIBERTY
1855

Engraver: Christian Gobrecht

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

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
ONE CENT

Engraver: Christian Gobrecht

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

Smooth

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Year Mintage VG F VF XF UNC Exchange
1839 
1840  2,462,700 large date
1840  small date
1840  small date, large "18"
1841  1,597,367 small date
1842  large date
1842  2,383,390 small date
1843  small head, large letters
1843  mature head, large letters
1843  2,425,342 small letters, small head
1844  2,398,752
1844  "44" over 81" overdate
1845  3,894,804
1846  medium date
1846  large date
1846  4,120,800 small date
1847  6,183,669
1847  large "7" over small "7"
1848  6,415,799 large date
1849  4,178,500
1850  4,426,844
1851  9,889,707
1851  "51" over "81"
1852  5,063,094
1853  6,641,131
1854  4,236,156
1855  1,574,829 "5" to right
1855  "5" cursive
1855  "5" cursive; button on ear
1856  2,690,463 "5" to right
1856  "5" cursive
1857  333,456 large date
1857  small date

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