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Obverse of 1841 Large Cent     Reverse of 1841 Large Cent


BRAIDED HAIR LARGE CENTS (1839-1857)
individual dates are listed below

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 27.5 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 10.89 grams

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None

 

Images courtesy Heritage Numismatic Auctions

ex Jerry S. Benson collection, PCGS PR-66 Brown

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Attribution Guide For United States Large Cents 1840-1857", 2nd edition by J.R. Grellman and Jules Reiver.

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1839

3,128,661 (includes some 1839 Matron Head varieties)

None reported or known

 Only one 1839 variety (Newcomb 8) features the Braided Hair type.

1840

2,462,700

est. 20

 

1841

1,597,367

est. 30

 

1842

2,383,390

est. 20

 

1843

2,425,342

est. 20

 

1844

2,398,752

est. 30

 

1845

3,894,804

est. 20

 

1846

4,120,800

est. 30

  

1847

6,183,669

est. 20

 

1848

6,415,799

est. 20

The "Small Date" variety is a counterfeit.

1849

4,178,500

est. 20

 

1850

4,426,844

est. 20

 

1851

9,889,707

None reported or known

 

1852

5,063,094

est. 20

 

1853

6,641,131

None reported or known

 

1854

4,236,156

est. 30

 

1855

1,574,829

est. 100

Upright and Slanting 5 varieties

1856

2,690,463

est. 150

 

1857

333,456

est. 200

Large and Small Date varieties.  Last year of the type and denomination