1842 Braided Hair Liberty Head Large Cents : Small Date

Early Copper Penny

Mintage: N/A
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.):
1842 Braided Hair Large Cent Penny - Small Date
There were two major varieties of the 1842 Braided Hair Large Cent (Penny). One variety had a Small date as depicted above while the other had a larger date. The difference between the 1842 Large Date vs Small Date Penny is depicted below in the example comparison image of the coins.

1842 Small Date vs Large Date Braided Hair Large Cent - Difference and Comparison
Coin value chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth in USD based on grade/condition
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)
$19$22$25$35$84$217$383$646-

The 1842 Braided Hair Liberty Head Large Cent (Small Date Variety) is worth $22 in average condition and can be worth $383 or more in uncirculated mint condition. Click here to learn how to use coin price charts. Also, click here to learn about grading coins. The Melt Value shown below is how valuable the coin's metal is worth (bare minimum value of coin). Click here to see the Melt Value of every US coin.


MELT VALUE: $0.0653





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