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How much are my Draped Bust Large Cents worth?

About Draped Bust Large Cents

The very first federal coin ever struck by the United States Mint for mass circulation was the 1793 AMERI Chain large cent. While most estimates suggest there are fewer than 200 surviving examples of the nation's first large cent, many issues of the heftier predecessor to today's small-size one-cent coin are much more common. The large cent, measuring between 27 and 29 millimeters in diameter (depending on the type), are roughly the size of a modern half dollar. The entire mintage of large cents originated from the Philadelphia Mint, and thus no large cent carries a mintmark.

There are several types of large cents, including:

  • Flowing Hair with Chain reverse (1793)
  • Flowing Hair with Wreath reverse (1793)
  • Liberty Cap (1793)
  • Liberty Cap (1794-1796)
  • Draped Bust (1796-1807)
  • Classic Head (1808-1814)
  • Coronet Head (1816-1839)
  • Braided Hair (1839-1857)

Furthermore, early American copper specialists catalog several subtypes within each of the major types listed above, and recognize dozens of varieties among many of those types. United States large cents collectively represent one of the most complex areas of American numismatics, spawning what became one of the most iconic coin books of all time: Penny Whimsy, a book by Dr. William Herbert Sheldon that was originally published in 1938 under the title A Revision of Early American Cents, 1793-1814: An Exercise in Descriptive Classification with Tables of Rarity and Value. Sheldon's book spawned the numerical coin grading system utilized by virtually all dealers and collectors in the United States since the mid-20th century.

Important Note Regarding Early Copper Pricing: Early American copper issues (colonials, half cents and large cents) are an especially challenging area to determine and fix accurate market values. The issues listed in CDN publications represent the wholesale prices of coins that are problem free and strictly graded, especially as they compare to other examples of the same issue. Any number of factors can influence (decrease or increase) the value of early large cents, including mint-made problems (planchet flaws, poor strikes, etc.) and post-mint problems (corrosion, improper cleaning, environmental damage, and more). The prices listed here are intended to serve as a guideline and starting point for discussion and negotiations of valuation, but the CDN editors strongly encourage buyers to seek expert advice in this field before purchasing coins of high value.

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1796-1807 Draped Bust 1c MS BN [Type]

Worth: $74.00 - $43,200
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1796-1807 Draped Bust 1c MS RB [Type]

Worth: $10,000 - $150,000
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1796 Reverse of 1795 1c MS BN

Worth: $101.00 - $115,200
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1796 Reverse of 1795 1c MS RB

Worth: $90,000 - $288,000
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1796 Reverse of 1794 1c MS BN

Worth: $156.00 - $57,600
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1796 Reverse of 1794 1c MS RB

 
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1796 Reverse of 1797 1c MS BN

Worth: $122.00 - $57,600
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1796 Reverse of 1797 1c MS RB

 
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1796 LIHERTY 1c MS BN

Worth: $754 - $57,600
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1796 LIHERTY 1c MS RB

 
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1797 Reverse of 1796 1c MS BN Plain Edge

Worth: $208.00 - $122,400
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1797 Reverse of 1796 1c MS RB Plain Edge

 
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1797 Reverse of 1796 1c MS BN Gripped Edge

Worth: $122.00 - $79,200
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1797 Reverse of 1797 1c MS BN Stems

Worth: $61.00 - $72,000
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1797 Reverse of 1797 1c MS RB Stems

Worth: $10,000 - $90,000
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1797 Reverse of 1797 1c MS BN No Stems

Worth: $135.00 - $50,400
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1798 Reverse of 1796 1c MS BN

Worth: $208.00 - $144,000
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1798 Reverse of 1796 1c MS RB

 
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1798 1st Hair Style 1c MS BN

Worth: $68.00 - $69,000
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1798 1st Hair Style 1c MS RB

 
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1798 2nd Hair Style 1c MS BN

Worth: $68.00 - $48,000
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1798 2nd Hair Style 1c MS RB

 
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1798/7 1c MS BN

Worth: $163.00 - $66,200
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1798/7 1c MS RB

 
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1799 1c MS BN

Worth: $2,250 - $1,320,000
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1799/8 1c MS BN

Worth: $2,750 - $302,400
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1800 1c MS BN

Worth: $47.25 - $43,200
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1800 1c MS RB

 
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1800/1798 1c MS BN

Worth: $47.25 - $100,800
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1800/1798 1c MS RB

 
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1800/79 1c MS BN

Worth: $40.50 - $57,600
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1801 1c MS BN

Worth: $47.25 - $36,000
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1801 1c MS RB

 
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1801 1c MS RD

 
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1801 3 Errors 1c MS BN

Worth: $101.00 - $180,000
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1801 1/000 1c MS BN

Worth: $68.00 - $72,000
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1801 100/000 1c MS BN

Worth: $68.00 - $100,800
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1801 100/000 1c MS RB

 
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1802 1c MS BN

Worth: $54.00 - $28,800
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1802 1c MS RB

 
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1802 1/000 1c MS BN

Worth: $47.25 - $72,000
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1802 1/000 1c MS RB

 
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1802 No Stems 1c MS BN

Worth: $47.25 - $43,200
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1802 No Stems 1c MS RB

 
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1803 Small Date 1c MS BN Small Fraction

Worth: $43.20 - $36,000
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1803 Small Date 1c MS RB Small Fraction

 
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1803 Small Date 1c MS RD Small Fraction

 
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1803 Small Date 1c MS BN Large Fraction

Worth: $43.20 - $38,900
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1803 Small Date 1c MS RB Large Fraction

Worth: $18,000 - $57,600
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1803 Large Date 1c MS BN Small Fraction

Worth: $6,250 - $79,200
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1803 Large Date 1c MS BN Large Fraction

Worth: $135.00 - $21,600
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1803 100/000 1c MS BN

Worth: $61.00 - $57,600
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1803 No Stems 1c MS BN

Worth: $47.25 - $43,200
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1803 No Stems 1c MS RB

 
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1804 1c MS BN

Worth: $1,150 - $648,000
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1804 Restrike of 1860 1c MS BN

Worth: $1,020 - $2,660
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1805 1c MS BN

Worth: $43.20 - $42,000
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1805 1c MS RB

 
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1806 1c MS BN

Worth: $43.20 - $57,600
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1806 1c MS RB

 
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1807 Large Fraction 1c MS BN

Worth: $43.20 - $46,100
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1807 Large Fraction 1c MS RB

 
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1807/6 Small 7 1c MS BN

Worth: $1,880 - $33,100
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1807/6 Large 7 1c MS BN

Worth: $68.00 - $50,400
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1807/6 Large 7 1c MS RB

 
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1807/6 Large 7 1c MS RD

Worth: $540,000 - $540,000
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1807 Comet 1c MS BN

Worth: $122.00 - $57,600
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1807 Comet 1c MS RB

Worth: $66,000 - $78,000
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1807 Small Fraction 1c MS BN

Worth: $43.20 - $72,000
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