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Large Cents Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1816-1839): Cardinal Collection

Cardinal Collection - 2nd

Current Statistics
Rank 2
GPA with Top Pop Bonuses 65.129
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 65.129
%RD 0.00%
Retired Statistics (1/28/2013)
Rank 2
Weighted GPA 65.065
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 65.065
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About this set: 

The Mint Act of 1792 provided that the obverse of each coin must bear an image "emblematic of liberty," but how should "liberty" be portrayed? Should it be a metaphor for the freedom of time, as demonstrated by the sundial depicted on certain colonial issues, such as the Continental Dollar and Fugio cents? Perhaps a portrait of General George Washington, whose service during the Revolutionary War secured liberty for the country? Actually, quite a few different "Washington" cents were produced at that time, with that idea in mind.

Ultimately, the early Mint engravers answered that question, taking their cue from the Libertas Americana medal. Conceived and brought to fruition through the efforts of Benjamin Franklin to commemorate the Colonies' victories in the War, the Libertas Americana medal is universally agreed to be the most beautiful of all American colonial medals.

This set of Middle Date Large cents, a subset of the Cardinal Collection Large Cent Date Set, is dedicated to the beauty of the Libertas Americana medal and her offspring, all of the beautiful portraits of Liberty that graced U.S. large cents.

While nothing can quite compare with examining these amazing specimens in person, and seeing with your own eyes their beaming luster and sparkling shades of mint red and brown, the images that follow attempt to come as close as digitally possible. I hope you enjoy the display, and may you find it interesting and informative.

Cardinal Collection
ImagePCGS No.ItemDenomGradePCGS No. PopPCGS No. Pop HigherTotal PopTotal Pop HigherOwner's Comments
3654118161CMS66BN10340Minted from 1816 to 1839, the "middle date" cents are all typically referre...
159418171CMS66BN201084N-13 Noyes #58032
160018181CMS66BN103275N-10 Not in Noyes
160718191CMS65RB0000N-8 Not in Noyes
3667418201CMS66RB10819N-13 Noyes #20984
162218211CMS63RB2023N-2 Not in Noyes
3672118221CMS65BN3046N-4 Noyes #21532
162718231CAU58BN33811N-2 Noyes #34514. Genuine 1823 cents were recognized very early on for the...
163718241CMS64RB3145N-4 Noyes #35711 as MS65 "Choice - virtually flawless." Tied as CC#1 in the...
3680218251CMS66BN1027N-8 Noyes #21467
3682618261CMS66BN3065N-6 Noyes #21332
3686818271CMS66BN1043N-11 Noyes #20751
3688618281CMS66BN10210N-5 Noyes #21216
3692518291CMS66BN1026N-8 Noyes #33719
167318301CMS65RB1011N-3 Noyes #21565
3697418311CMS65RB1041N-6 Noyes #28736
3701018321CMS66RB2020N-3 Noyes #28832
3702218331CMS66RB1041N-2 Noyes #33678
3703718341CMS65RB1072N-3 Noyes #21020
3706418351CMS65RB10621835 is the first of the transitional years for the middle date coronet cen...
3711818361CMS66RB1021N-3 Noyes #20641
3716218371CMS67BN102100Another transitional year for middle date cents, the year 1837 witnessed th...
3718918381CMS67BN10291N-4 Noyes #21339
3724718391CMS66RB1045The Year 1839 was a very active one for the Mint's engravers, resulting in ...