1817 1C 15 Stars, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Coronet Head Cents 1816-1857

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

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13 STARS VS 15 STARS

13 STARS VS 15 STARS

PCGS MS64BN

PCGS MS64BN

PCGS #:
1597
Designer:
Robert Scot
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
28.00 millimeters
Weight:
10.89 grams
Mintage:
3,948,400
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 9 / 48 TIE 20 / 81 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 9 / 48 TIE 11 / 81 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 4 / 48 TIE 6 / 81 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,000
60 or Better 20
65 or Better 3
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.0
60 or Better R-9.1
65 or Better R-9.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 9 / 48 TIE
60 or Better 9 / 48 TIE
65 or Better 4 / 48 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 20 / 81 TIE
60 or Better 11 / 81 TIE
65 or Better 6 / 81 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN PCGS grade MS65BN PCGS grade

Henry C. Miller Collection - Thomas L. Elder 4/1917:837 - Henry C. Hines Collection - Dr. William H. Sheldon Collection - Homer K. Downing Collection -  New Netherlands 8/1952:2145 - R.E. "Ted" Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Goldbergs 2/2009:47, $50,600

2 MS64BN PCGS grade

Fitzgerald Collection

2 MS64BN estimated grade
4 MS63BN PCGS grade MS63 PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS63BN estimated grade
6 MS62BN PCGS grade
6 MS62BN PCGS grade
6 MS62BN estimated grade
9 MS60BN PCGS grade
10 AU58 PCGS grade PCGS #1597 (MS, Brown)     58
MS65BN PCGS grade #1 MS65BN PCGS grade

Henry C. Miller Collection - Thomas L. Elder 4/1917:837 - Henry C. Hines Collection - Dr. William H. Sheldon Collection - Homer K. Downing Collection -  New Netherlands 8/1952:2145 - R.E. "Ted" Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Goldbergs 2/2009:47, $50,600

#2 MS64BN PCGS grade

Fitzgerald Collection

#2 MS64BN estimated grade
MS63 PCGS grade #4 MS63BN PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#4 MS63BN estimated grade
#6 MS62BN PCGS grade
#6 MS62BN PCGS grade
#6 MS62BN estimated grade
#9 MS60BN PCGS grade
PCGS #1597 (MS, Brown)     58 #10 AU58 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

This unusual variety shows 15 stars on the obverse instead of the usual 13. This was strictly an engraving error that occurred when the stars were placed too closely together. It is in no way related to the earliest U.S. coins that had varying number of stars. In those cases, the number of stars started at 13, then increased with the addition of each new state, but the number eventually reverted back to 13 as the designs became too crowded. By 1817, there were 18 states in the Union, thus there is no valid connection with the number 15.

The 1817 15 Stars Large Cent is a common variety which can be found with relative ease in circulated grades. Mint State examples are quite scarce (as are most Large Cents of this year). According to researcher John Wright, there are numerous Mint State examples of this variety, but PCGS has graded barely ten in the last 25+ years. The finest example certified by PCGS is a single MS65BN. Red & Brown examples are extremely rare and no full red example is known.