1840 1C Large Date, BN MS65BN

CERTIFICATION#: 15633183
PCGS#: 1820

Owner's Comments

N6

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: Among 1840 Large Cents, collectors can find either Small Dates or Large Dates.  The difference between the two is dramatic and centers, as might be expected, on the size of the date.  The two dates could not be more different, so it is easy to tell them apart.  The 1,8, and 4 are different in size and shape; the 0 differs only in size.  The following are the characteristics of each:

Small Date:
Long serif at the top of the 1
Block 8, with circles or ovals inside the loops
Normally-shaped 4; scalene triangle inside 4 (no equal sides, no equal angles)
Small 0, the same size as the other digits

Large Date:
Short serif at the top of 1
Cursive 8, with odd-shaped ellipses inside the loops
Oddly-shaped 4; isoscelese triangle inside 4 (two equal sides, two equal angles)
Large 0, the same size as the other digits

The 1840 Large Date Cent is not particularly rare, and it can be found in nice condition -- for a price.  The PCGS Condition Census for Brown exampes included coins from MS65 to MS66+.  Red-Brown examples are very scarce and full Red examples are very rare.

 

Diameter: 27.50 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Plain
Mintage: 2,462,700 Weight: 10.89 grams Metal Content: Copper
1
20
2
14
3
16
6
26
1
8
29
2
10
30
12
32
3
15
34
5
30
100
9
45+
235
50+
290
53+
350
55+
420
58+
510
62+
810
63+
1,125
1
64+
2,375
1
65+
5,200
2
66+
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 3,000 R-4.4 21 / 33 TIE 49 / 81 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 15 / 33 TIE 48 / 81 TIE
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 19 / 33 TIE 48 / 81 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+BN PCGS grade
2 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS66BN PCGS grade