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The Greysheet Catalog (GSID) of the Flowing Hair Large Cents series of Large Cents in the U.S. Coins contains 137 distinct entries with CPG® values between $195.00 and $3,600,000.00.
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.

Catalog Detail

  Flowing Hair Large Cents Value Range Favorite
Flowing Hair Large Cents Value Range  
Flowing Hair Cent 1c Chain Reverse, 1793 MS BN Type Coin
$2,630
-
$3,180,000
$2,630 - $3,180,000
Flowing Hair Cent 1c Wreath Reverse, 1793 MS BN Type Coin
$1,380
-
$1,008,000
$1,380 - $1,008,000
Liberty Cap Cent 1c 1793-1796 MS BN Type Coin
$195.00
-
$330,000
$195.00 - $330,000
Liberty Cap Cent 1c 1793-1796 MS RB Type Coin
$42,000
-
$432,000
$42,000 - $432,000
1793 1c Chain AMERI. MS BN
$4,540
-
$1,500,000
$4,540 - $1,500,000
1793 1c Chain AMERI., S-1 MS BN
$4,540
-
$1,500,000
$4,540 - $1,500,000
1793 1c Chain AMERI. SP BN
-
 
1793 1c Chain AMERICA MS BN
$4,130
-
$3,180,000
$4,130 - $3,180,000
1793 1c Chain AMERICA, S-2 MS BN
$4,130
-
$3,180,000
$4,130 - $3,180,000
1793 1c Chain AMERICA, S-3 MS BN
$4,130
-
$3,339,000
$4,130 - $3,339,000
1793 1c Chain AMERICA, NC1 MS BN
-
 
1793 1c Chain AMERICA, AMERICA MS RB
$1,200,000
-
$1,560,000
$1,200,000 - $1,560,000

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1793 1c Chain Periods MS BN
$4,130
-
$3,180,000
$4,130 - $3,180,000
1793 1c Chain Periods, S-4 MS BN
$4,130
-
$3,180,000
$4,130 - $3,180,000
1793 1c Chain Periods SP BN
-
 
1793 1c Wreath, Vine/Bars MS BN
$1,630
-
$1,008,000
$1,630 - $1,008,000
1793 1c Wreath, Vine/Bars, S-5 MS BN
$1,630
-
$324,000
$1,630 - $324,000
1793 1c Wreath, Vine/Bars, S-6 MS BN
$1,630
-
$158,400
$1,630 - $158,400
1793 1c Wreath, Vine/Bars, S-7 MS BN
$5,000
-
$150,000
$5,000 - $150,000
1793 1c Wreath, Vine/Bars, S-8 MS BN
$1,630
-
$1,008,000
$1,630 - $1,008,000
1793 1c Wreath, Vine/Bars, S-9 MS BN
$1,630
-
$252,000
$1,630 - $252,000
1793 1c Wreath, Vine/Bars, S-10 MS BN
$1,630
-
$144,000
$1,630 - $144,000
1793 1c Wreath, Vine/Bars, S-11a MS BN
$1,950
-
$72,000
$1,950 - $72,000
1793 1c Wreath, Vine/Bars MS RB
$252,000
-
$691,200
$252,000 - $691,200
1793 1c Wreath, Vine/Bars SP RD
-
 
1793 1c Wreath, Lettered Edge MS BN
$1,630
-
$1,008,000
$1,630 - $1,008,000
1793 1c Wreath, Lettered Edge, S-11b MS BN
$1,630
-
$100,800
$1,630 - $100,800
1793 1c Wreath, Lettered Edge, S-11c MS BN
$1,630
-
$1,008,000
$1,630 - $1,008,000
1793 1c Wreath, Strawberry Leaf MS BN
$420,000
-
$1,008,000
$420,000 - $1,008,000
1793 1c Wreath, Strawberry Leaf, NC2 MS BN
$420,000
-
$576,000
$420,000 - $576,000
1793 1c Wreath, Strawberry Leaf, NC3 MS BN
$420,000
-
$1,008,000
$420,000 - $1,008,000
1793 1c Liberty Cap MS BN
$4,250
-
$3,600,000
$4,250 - $3,600,000
1793 1c Liberty Cap, S-12 MS BN
$8,750
-
$122,400
$8,750 - $122,400
1793 1c Liberty Cap, S-13 MS BN
$5,000
-
$3,600,000
$5,000 - $3,600,000
1793 1c Liberty Cap, S-14 MS BN
$5,500
-
$316,800
$5,500 - $316,800
1793 1c Liberty Cap, S-15 MS BN
$42,000
-
$144,000
$42,000 - $144,000
1793 1c Liberty Cap, S-16 MS BN
$5,500
-
$187,200
$5,500 - $187,200
1794 1c Head of 1793 MS BN
$845
-
$540,000
$845 - $540,000
1794 1c Head of 1793, S-17a MS BN
$1,500
-
$165,600
$1,500 - $165,600
1794 1c Head of 1793, S-18a MS BN
$5,000
-
$115,200
$5,000 - $115,200
1794 1c Head of 1793, S-18b MS BN
$845
-
$540,000
$845 - $540,000
1794 1c Head of 1793, S-19a MS BN
$845
-
$69,100
$845 - $69,100
1794 1c Head of 1793, S-19b MS BN
$845
-
$540,000
$845 - $540,000
1794 1c Head of 1793, S-20a MS BN
-
 
1794 1c Head of 1793, S-20b MS BN
$998
-
$62,400
$998 - $62,400
1794 1c Head of 1793, NC4 MS BN
-
 
1794 1c Head of 1794 MS BN
$195.00
-
$360,000
$195.00 - $360,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-21 MS BN
$195.00
-
$150,000
$195.00 - $150,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-22 MS BN
$195.00
-
$360,000
$195.00 - $360,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-23 MS BN
$195.00
-
$108,000
$195.00 - $108,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-24 MS BN
$195.00
-
$57,600
$195.00 - $57,600
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-25 MS BN
$195.00
-
$144,000
$195.00 - $144,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-26 MS BN
$195.00
-
$216,000
$195.00 - $216,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-27 MS BN
$650
-
$57,600
$650 - $57,600
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-28 MS BN
$195.00
-
$57,600
$195.00 - $57,600
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-29 MS BN
$195.00
-
$180,000
$195.00 - $180,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-30 MS BN
$195.00
-
$360,000
$195.00 - $360,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-31 MS BN
$195.00
-
$360,000
$195.00 - $360,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-32 MS BN
$195.00
-
$360,000
$195.00 - $360,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-33 MS BN
$8,750
-
$129,600
$8,750 - $129,600
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-34 MS BN
$1,250
-
$79,200
$1,250 - $79,200
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-35 MS BN
$1,500
-
$69,100
$1,500 - $69,100
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-36 MS BN
$650
-
$60,500
$650 - $60,500
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-37 MS BN
$18,000
-
$252,000
$18,000 - $252,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-38 MS BN
$390
-
$108,000
$390 - $108,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-39 MS BN
$2,500
-
$100,800
$2,500 - $100,800
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-40 MS BN
$2,500
-
$100,800
$2,500 - $100,800
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-41 MS BN
$195.00
-
$25,900
$195.00 - $25,900
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-42 MS BN
$195.00
-
$64,800
$195.00 - $64,800
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-43 MS BN
$195.00
-
$57,600
$195.00 - $57,600
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-44 MS BN
$195.00
-
$57,600
$195.00 - $57,600
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-45 MS BN
$975
-
$218,900
$975 - $218,900
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-46 MS BN
$195.00
-
$216,000
$195.00 - $216,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-47 MS BN
$228.00
-
$34,600
$228.00 - $34,600
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-49 MS BN
$195.00
-
$216,000
$195.00 - $216,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-50 MS BN
$780
-
$67,700
$780 - $67,700
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-51 MS BN
$520
-
$25,900
$520 - $25,900
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-52 MS BN
$1,250
-
$57,600
$1,250 - $57,600
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-53 MS BN
$2,500
-
$108,000
$2,500 - $108,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-54 MS BN
$390
-
$40,300
$390 - $40,300
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-55 MS BN
$195.00
-
$72,000
$195.00 - $72,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-56 MS BN
$195.00
-
$86,400
$195.00 - $86,400
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-57 MS BN
$195.00
-
$360,000
$195.00 - $360,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-58 MS BN
$195.00
-
$72,000
$195.00 - $72,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-59 MS BN
$195.00
-
$216,000
$195.00 - $216,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-60 MS BN
$195.00
-
$74,900
$195.00 - $74,900
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-61 MS BN
$195.00
-
$108,000
$195.00 - $108,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-62 MS BN
$195.00
-
$100,800
$195.00 - $100,800
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-63 MS BN
$195.00
-
$50,400
$195.00 - $50,400
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-65 MS BN
$195.00
-
$360,000
$195.00 - $360,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-66 MS BN
$1,150
-
$79,200
$1,150 - $79,200
1794 1c Head of 1794 MS RB
$42,000
-
$432,000
$42,000 - $432,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-45 MS RB
-
 
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-57 MS RB
$42,000
-
$216,000
$42,000 - $216,000
1794 1c Head of 1794, S-71 MS RB
-
 
1794 1c No Fraction Bar MS BN
$1,750
-
$158,400
$1,750 - $158,400
1794 1c No Fraction Bar, S-64 MS BN
$1,750
-
$158,400
$1,750 - $158,400
1794 1c No Fraction Bar MS RB
$168,000
-
$201,600
$168,000 - $201,600
1794 1c Starred Reverse MS BN
$7,500
-
$864,000
$7,500 - $864,000
1794 1c Starred Reverse, S-48 MS BN
$9,000
-
$864,000
$9,000 - $864,000
1794 1c Head of 1795 MS BN
$208.00
-
$144,000
$208.00 - $144,000
1794 1c Head of 1795, S-67 MS BN
$208.00
-
$144,000
$208.00 - $144,000
1794 1c Head of 1795, S-68 MS BN
$1,150
-
$144,000
$1,150 - $144,000
1794 1c Head of 1795, S-69 MS BN
$208.00
-
$108,000
$208.00 - $108,000
1794 1c Head of 1795, S-70 MS BN
$208.00
-
$57,600
$208.00 - $57,600
1794 1c Head of 1795, S-71 MS BN
$208.00
-
$144,000
$208.00 - $144,000
1794 1c Head of 1795, S-72 MS BN
$208.00
-
$144,000
$208.00 - $144,000

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1794 1c Head of 1795 MS RB
$66,000
-
$547,200
$66,000 - $547,200
1794 1c Head of 1795, S-67 MS RB
$66,000
-
$547,200
$66,000 - $547,200
1795 1c Lettered Edge MS BN
$195.00
-
$72,000
$195.00 - $72,000
1795 1c Lettered Edge, S-73 MS BN
$228.00
-
$36,000
$228.00 - $36,000
1795 1c Lettered Edge, S-74 MS BN
$195.00
-
$72,000
$195.00 - $72,000
1795 1c Lettered Edge, S-75 MS BN
$195.00
-
$72,000
$195.00 - $72,000
1795 1c Lettered Edge, S-76a MS BN
$228.00
-
$95,000
$228.00 - $95,000
1795 1c Lettered Edge MS RB
$42,000
-
$216,000
$42,000 - $216,000
1795 1c Plain Edge MS BN
$195.00
-
$330,000
$195.00 - $330,000
1795 1c Plain Edge, S-76b MS BN
$195.00
-
$330,000
$195.00 - $330,000
1795 1c Plain Edge, S-77 MS BN
$215.00
-
$14,400
$215.00 - $14,400
1795 1c Plain Edge, S-78 MS BN
$195.00
-
$330,000
$195.00 - $330,000
1795 1c Reeded Edge MS BN
$84,000
-
$936,000
$84,000 - $936,000
1795 1c Reeded Edge, S-79 MS BN
$84,000
-
$936,000
$84,000 - $936,000
1795 1c Jefferson Head, Plain Edge MS BN
$18,000
-
$316,800
$18,000 - $316,800
1795 1c Jefferson Head, Plain Edge, S-80 MS BN
$18,000
-
$316,800
$18,000 - $316,800
1795 1c Jefferson Head, Lettered Edge MS BN
$300,000
-
$576,000
$300,000 - $576,000
1796 1c Liberty Cap MS BN
$215.00
-
$270,000
$215.00 - $270,000
1796 1c Liberty Cap, S-81 MS BN
$215.00
-
$270,000
$215.00 - $270,000
1796 1c Liberty Cap, S-82 MS BN
$280
-
$36,000
$280 - $36,000
1796 1c Liberty Cap, S-83 MS BN
$280
-
$50,400
$280 - $50,400
1796 1c Liberty Cap, S-84 MS BN
$215.00
-
$270,000
$215.00 - $270,000
1796 1c Liberty Cap, S-85 MS BN
$280
-
$60,500
$280 - $60,500
1796 1c Liberty Cap, S-86 MS BN
$280
-
$50,400
$280 - $50,400
1796 1c Liberty Cap, S-87 MS BN
$215.00
-
$43,200
$215.00 - $43,200
1796 1c Liberty Cap, S-88 MS BN
$236.00
-
$86,400
$236.00 - $86,400
1796 1c Liberty Cap, S-89 MS BN
$215.00
-
$25,900
$215.00 - $25,900
1796 1c Liberty Cap, S-90 MS BN
$780
-
$74,900
$780 - $74,900
1796 1c Liberty Cap, S-91 MS BN
$215.00
-
$162,000
$215.00 - $162,000
1796 1c Liberty Cap MS RB
$72,000
-
$691,200
$72,000 - $691,200