Braided Hair Cent Mintages

  • mintageThe Braided Hair Cent was struck each year at the Philadelphia Mint from 1839 to 1857. During the first year of the series, the prior Matron Head Cents were also struck. During the final year of the series, the following Flying Eagle Small Cents were struck to replace large cents within circulation.
  • Mintage quantities stretch into the millions for all issues of the series but one. This makes the coins readily available across circulated grades with premiums for higher grade examples particularly which retain the original mint red coloration. The lowest mintage occurred in the final year of the series when 333,546 pieces were struck. This issue commands a modest premium across all grade levels.
  • The table below indicates the mintage for each year of the series. Note that for the year 1839, the mintage figure accounts for production of both the prior Matron Head type and the Braided Hair type.
DateMintage
18393,128,661
18402,462,700
18411,597,367
18422,383,390
18432,425,342
18442,398,752
18453,894,804
18464,120,800
18476,183,669
18486,415,799
18494,178,500
18504,426,844
18519,889,707
18525,063,094
18536,641,131
18544,236,156
18551,574,829
18562,690,463
1857333,456
 

taken from: http://braidedhaircent.com/