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Obverse of 1851 Large Cent     Reverse of 1851 Large Cent


1851 LARGE CENT

PCGS Nos: 1892, 1893, 1894

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 9,889,707
Proofs: none reported or known

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 27 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 168 grains (10.89 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (Philadelphia)

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Varieties (45):
Newcomb 1 - Scarce
Newcomb 2 - Very Common
Newcomb 3 - Very Common
Newcomb 4 - Very Common
Newcomb 5 - Common
Newcomb 6 - Very Common
Newcomb 7 - Very Common
Newcomb 8 - Scarce
Newcomb 9 - Scarce
Newcomb 10 - Very Common
Newcomb 11 - Delisted
Newcomb 12 - Very Common
Newcomb 13 - Very Common
Newcomb 14 - Common
Newcomb 15 - Very Scarce
Newcomb 16 - Scarce
Newcomb 17 - Common
Newcomb 18 - Very Common
Newcomb 19 - Scarce
Newcomb 20 - Scarce
Newcomb 21 - Scarce
Newcomb 22 - Very Scarce
Newcomb 23 - Scarce
Newcomb 24 - Scarce
Newcomb 25 - Scarce
Newcomb 26 - Rare
Newcomb 27 - Rare
Newcomb 28
Delisted
Newcomb 29 - Common
Newcomb 30 - Common
Newcomb 31 - Scarce
Newcomb 32
Delisted
Newcomb 33 - Rare
Newcomb 34 - Very Scarce
Newcomb 35 - Very Rare
Newcomb 36 - Very Rare
Newcomb 37 - Very Scarce
Newcomb 38 - Very Common
Newcomb 39 - Scarce
Newcomb 40 - Very Rare
Newcomb 41 - Very Scarce
Newcomb 42
Newcomb 43 - Very Rare
Newcomb 44 - Extremely Rare
Newcomb 45 - Very Scarce

Recent appearances:
See individual variety listings

PCGS MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7500, not illustrated, sold for $575.00

NGC MS-64 Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7499, not illustrated, sold for $402.50

MS-63 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1405

Notes:
The finest Brown examples graded by PCGS are 7 MS-66BN's.

The finest Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66RB's.

The finest Red examples graded by PCGS are 14 MS-65RD's.

The finest "1851/81" Brown examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-65BN's.

The finest "1851/81" Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65RB.

The finest "1851/81" Red example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65RD.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"Attribution Guide For United States Large Cents 1840-1857", 2nd edition by J.R. Grellman and Jules Reiver