1840 1C Large Date, BN MS63BN Certification #08717648, PCGS #1820

Owner's Comments

Made it (EAC 63 / NGC65) Condition Census #10 (N-8)

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.

 

PCGS #
1820
Designer
Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Plain
Diameter
27.50 millimeters
Weight
10.89 grams
Mintage
2462700
Metal
Copper
Pop Higher
45
Pop Lower
197
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 3000 R-4.4 21 / 33 TIE 49 / 81 TIE
All Grades 250 R-6.6 15 / 33 TIE 48 / 81 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 19 / 33 TIE 48 / 81 TIE
65 or Better 3000
All Grades 250
60 or Better 50
65 or Better R-4.4
All Grades R-6.6
60 or Better R-8.5
65 or Better 21 / 33 TIE
All Grades 15 / 33 TIE
60 or Better 19 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 49 / 81 TIE
All Grades 48 / 81 TIE
60 or Better 48 / 81 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

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