1801 P Draped Bust Large Cents : All Varieties

Early Copper Penny

Mintage: 1,362,837
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.):
1801 Draped Bust Large Cent Penny - Varieties and Errors
There were a variety of errors for the 1801 Draped Bust Large Cent (Penny) in regards to the reverse of the coin. The coin depicted above is the "Normal Reverse" variety with no errors. The rarest and most extreme of the errors is the "3 Errors" variety which featured a 1/000 fractional along with 1 stem on the bottom of the branches when there should be 2 stems. The letter "U" in the word "UNITED" was originally engraved upside down by mistake which resulted in an inverted "U". The mistake was corrected and the coin was struck a second time with a "U" over an inverted "U" which resulted in doubling of the serifs on the top and bottom portion of the letter. This resulted in the character looking like two separate letter "I"s and the word looked like "IINITED". An example of these features are depicted below:

1801 Draped Bust Large Cent - 3 Errors example

Another variety wasn't as drastic and only had 1 error with the fractional: 1/000 instead of 1/100 to denote one cent:

1801 Draped Bust Large Cent - 1/000 Fractional

The last major error was similar to the one above with a 1/000 fractional. Although this was corrected with a 1/100 fractional struck over it. Parts of first "0" can be clearly seen under the "1" in the "100" denominator as depicted in the example image of the large cent below:

1801 Draped Bust Large Cent - 1/100 Over 1/000 Fractional

Major Varieties:
1801 Draped Bust Large Cent - Normal Reverse
1801 Draped Bust Large Cent - 3 Errors
1801 Draped Bust Large Cent - 1/000 Fraction
1801 Draped Bust Large Cent - 1/100 Over 1/000 Fraction

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: $0.0636


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