1851/81 1C, BN MS63BN Certification #25175699, PCGS #1895

Expert Comments

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.

PCGS #
1895
Designer
Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Plain
Diameter
27.50 millimeters
Weight
10.89 grams
Mintage
9889707
Metal
Copper
Pop Higher
26
Pop Lower
118
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 800 R-5.4 11 / 33 17 / 81 TIE
All Grades 200 R-7.0 14 / 33 45 / 81 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 13 / 33 TIE 28 / 81 TIE
65 or Better 800
All Grades 200
60 or Better 20
65 or Better R-5.4
All Grades R-7.0
60 or Better R-9.1
65 or Better 11 / 33
All Grades 14 / 33
60 or Better 13 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 17 / 81 TIE
All Grades 45 / 81 TIE
60 or Better 28 / 81 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

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

Heritage 4/2019:3054, $3,120

1 MS66+BN PCGS grade MS66+BN PCGS grade
3 MS66BN PCGS grade MS66BN PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 6/2007:328, $1,438 - Heritage 10/2016:3017, $3,995 - D.L. Hansen Collection

3 MS66BN PCGS grade MS66BN PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2015:3144, $4,113 - David Lawrence 5/2016:805, $5,500

3 MS66BN PCGS grade
MS66+BN PCGS grade #1 MS66+BN PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2019:3054, $3,120

MS66+BN PCGS grade #1 MS66+BN PCGS grade
MS66BN PCGS grade #3 MS66BN PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 6/2007:328, $1,438 - Heritage 10/2016:3017, $3,995 - D.L. Hansen Collection

MS66BN PCGS grade #3 MS66BN PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2015:3144, $4,113 - David Lawrence 5/2016:805, $5,500

#3 MS66BN PCGS grade