1851/81 1C, RD (Regular Strike)

Series: Coronet Head Cents 1816-1857

INVERTED DATE DETAIL

INVERTED DATE DETAIL

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PCGS #:
1897
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
27.50 millimeters
Weight:
10.89 grams
Mintage:
9,889,707
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 5 R-9.7 3 / 33 TIE 11 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 3 / 33 TIE 11 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 2 R-9.9 3 / 33 TIE 5 / 74 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 5
60 or Better 5
65 or Better 2
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-9.7
60 or Better R-9.7
65 or Better R-9.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 3 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 3 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 3 / 33 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 11 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 11 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 5 / 74 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65RD PCGS grade
2 MS65RD estimated grade
3 MS64RD PCGS grade
#1 MS65RD PCGS grade
#2 MS65RD estimated grade
#3 MS64RD PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1851/81 Large Cent is more than an overdate, it is a normal date over an inverted date. When the engraver added the date to the die, he failed to notice that the date punch was inverted. Upon realizing his mistake, he oriented the punch correctly and restamped the date into the die. To efface the error, the engraver ground down the die, resulting in a weak undertype and myriad die lines on the lower and right obverse. The 1851/81 Large Cent is a very popular variety and one which can be detected quite easily, even on worn examples.

Mint State examples of the 1851/81 Large Cent are scarce. Most are Brown and most fall into the MS-63 and MS-64 grade levels. No Brown examples are known above MS66. Red-Brown examples are very rare and full Red examples are exceedingly rare.