1840 P Braided Hair Liberty Head Large Cents : All Varieties

Early Copper Penny

Mintage: 2,462,700
Minted at: Philadelphia

Designer - Engraver: Christian Gobrecht
Metal Composition: 100% Copper

Diameter: 28.5 mm
Mass / Weight: 10.89 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1840 Small Date vs Large Date Braided Hair Large Cent Penny
There are a few major varieties of the 1840 Braided Hair Large Cent (Penny). Two major varieties deal with the size of the 1840 date as one had a small date and another had a larger date. The difference between the Small Date vs Large Date is depicted above in the example comparison image of the coins.

Another major variety is the 1840/18 Overdate error. A small 1840 date was stamped over a larger date which resulted in part of the "18" being doubled. A small portion of the underlying "1" is visible in the upper-left portion of the main "1". In addition: Part of the underlying "8" is seen towards the left and lower-left side of the primary "8" and also within it as depicted by the arrows in the example image below:

1840 Small Date Over Large 18 Braided Hair Large Cent

Major Varieties:
1840 Large Date Braided Hair Large Cent
1840 Small Date Braided Hair Large Cent
1840 Small Date Over Large 18 Braided Hair Large Cent

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-63)
Proof
(PR-63)
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MELT VALUE: $0.0629


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