Classic Head Cent Highlights

1811 Classic Head Large Cent

  • The 1811 Classic Head Cent had the lowest mintage of the series at just 218,025 coins. Two major varieties are listed in the Red Book, one with a normal date, while the other is struck from an overdated die (1811/0). The over date is the scarcer of the two.
  • Most surviving examples are well circulated, although a few uncirculated pieces exist. An example of the normal date variety graded PCGS MS63 Brown sold for $17,250 at auction in February 2012. An example of the 1811/0 Large Cent graded NGC MS 63 Brown, representing the finest example of the over date variety, sold for $41,400 at an auction in September 2010.

1814 Classic Head Large Cent

  • The 1814 Classic Head Cent represented the final year of the series, with pieces struck from leftover planchets, mostly of inferior quality. Breen mentioned that this issue was immediately released, but did not help to solve the coinage supply problem, which had been created as a result of the War of 1812.
  • The total mintage, 357,830 pieces for circulation was relatively low for the series. Nonetheless, some examples have survived in high grade, making it the most available issue of this type to be acquired in uncirculated condition.
  • No cents were minted in 1815, which is notably the only year from 1793 to present that no cents were produced. Over the years, a few examples of 1815 cents have turned up, but these have all proven to be fakes and should be avoided.


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