1840 1C Large Date, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Coronet Head Cents 1816-1857

PCGS MS66+BN

PCGS MS66+BN

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DATE COMPARISON

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS #:
1820
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
27.50 millimeters
Weight:
10.89 grams
Mintage:
2,462,700
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 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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 3,000
60 or Better 250
65 or Better 50
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.4
60 or Better R-6.6
65 or Better R-8.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 21 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 15 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 19 / 33 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 49 / 81 TIE
60 or Better 48 / 81 TIE
65 or Better 48 / 81 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66+BN PCGS grade
2 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS66BN PCGS grade MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS66BN PCGS grade
7 MS65+BN PCGS grade
8 MS65BN PCGS grade
8 MS65BN PCGS grade
8 MS65BN PCGS grade
#1 MS66+BN PCGS grade
#2 MS66BN PCGS grade
#2 MS66BN PCGS grade
MS66BN PCGS grade #2 MS66BN PCGS grade
#2 MS66BN PCGS grade
#2 MS66BN PCGS grade
#7 MS65+BN PCGS grade
#8 MS65BN PCGS grade
#8 MS65BN PCGS grade
#8 MS65BN PCGS grade
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.