1807 P Draped Bust Large Cents : All Varieties

Early Copper Penny

Mintage: 829,221
Minted at: Philadelphia

Designer - Engraver: Robert Scot
Metal Composition: 100% Copper

Diameter: 29 mm
Mass / Weight: 10.89 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1807 Draped Bust Large Cent Penny - Varieties and Comparisons
There were multiple varieties of the 1807 Draped Bust Large Cent (Penny). The first two deal with the 1807 date on the obverse of the coin - both of which are actually 1807/6 overdate errors where the 1807 date was struck on top of an 1806 date. This resulted in the underlying "6" seen clearly visible under and around the "7". One variety had a larger number "7" and a pointed tip on the number "1". The other variety had a smaller "7" and a non-pointed blunt tip on the "1". The difference between the large 7 vs small 7 (as well as the pointed 1 vs blunt 1) is depicted above in the example comparison image.

Two other varieties deal with the size of the 1/100 fraction at the bottom of the reverse of the coin. One variety had larger numbers which had much larger points or notches extending from the tips of the number "1"s. The other variety had smaller numbers and barely any pointed notches on the "1"s. These features and the differences between the large fraction vs small fraction can be seen in the example comparison image of the coins below:

1807 Draped Bust Large Cent - Small Fraction vs Large Fraction - Difference and Comparison

One other variety features a die defect on the obverse of the coin which resulted in a "comet" shaped feature behind the liberty's head and extending to the rim of the coin. Hence the name "comet variety" is used to describe this coin. This is depicted by the arrow in the example image of the comet variety large cent below:

1807 Draped Bust Large Cent - Comet Variety

Major Varieties:
1807/6 Draped Bust Large Cent - Large 7 Over 6 - Pointed 1
1807/6 Draped Bust Large Cent - Small 7 Over 6 - Blunt 1
1807 Draped Bust Large Cent - Small Fraction
1807 Draped Bust Large Cent - Large Fraction
1807 Draped Bust Large Cent - Comet Variety

Coin valuation chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth per grade or condition - in USD
Good
(G-4)
Very Good
(VG-8)
Fine
(F-12)
Very Fine
(VF-20)
Extremely Fine
(EF-40)
About Uncirculated
(AU-50)
Uncirculated
(MS-60)
Uncirculated
(MS-65)
Proof
(PR-65)
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MELT VALUE: $0.0639


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