Large cents were first struck in 1793 and were issued every year until 1857 except for 1815 due to a fire at the Mint.

The first large cent featured the head of Liberty with flowing hair on the obverse and "One Cent" surrounded by a chain on the reverse. This coin wasn't well received as people didn’t like the chain, thinking it to represent bondage and the opposite of liberty. Strangely, it became a popular sign of good luck in later years.

The second large cent design again featured the head of Liberty with flowing hair on the obverse, but a wreath replaced the chain on the reverse. Still not well-liked by the public, the obverse of this coin was soon replaced with a new Liberty wearing a cap.

This Liberty Cap design lasted from 1793 until 1796 and includes many different varieties. In 1796, it was replaced with the Draped Bust Liberty, and in 1808, Lady Liberty was given a crown, turned to face the left, and surrounded by stars. She was then changed again in 1816 to the Matron Head, and again in 1839 to the Braided Hair Liberty.

Throughout the many variations of Lady Liberty, the reverse remained essentially the same – "one cent" surrounded by a wreath encircled by "United States of America."

The coin’s weight was reduced in 1795, but it was still bulky, so in 1857, it was discontinued and replaced with small cents.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Largecents.net

Largecents.net

Tom Deck's content-rich site showcases his growing personal collection of Large Cents. Alongside excellent photos o… [read review or visit site]

Legendary Coins and Currency

Legendary Coins and Currency

This online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is a great way to get an overview… [read review or visit site]

Society of U.S. Pattern Collectors

Society of U.S. Pattern Collectors

Home to the Society of U.S. Pattern collectors, this well-organized site provides in-depth information on pattern c… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

1798 Draped Bust Large Cent1794 Liberty Cap Large Cent Nice Obverse! Historic Us PennyScarce 1795 Liberty Cap Large Cent 1c Plain Edge1794 U.s. Large Cent Cap & Pole Ground Recovery W Big Obverse Cud!! No Min / Res1797 Draped Bust Large Cent. 1810/09 Large Cent. Miller Collection Sale Lot #14Scarce 1793 Chain Cent Graded Pcgs Genuine No Reserve (370nam)1794 Liberty Cap Large Cent Solid Good Details1794 Liberty Cap Large Cent G+ Details1793-1825 Large Cent Collection In Album 27 CoinsCirculated 1802 Philadelphia Mint Copper Draped Bust Large Cent Free S/hCirculated 1797 Philadelphia Mint Copper Flowing Hair Head Large Cent Free S/h1794 S-42 R-4- Head Of '94 Liberty Cap Large Cent Coin 1cUgly Coin Contest Entry 1804 Large Cent Aa19311794 Liberty Cap Large Cent Tough Type!Circulated 1796 Philadelphia Mint Copper Flowing Hair Head Large Cent Free S/h1803 1c Draped Bust Large Cent1807/6 Large Cent. Miller Collection Sale Lot #13Circulated 1802 Philadelphia Mint Copper Draped Bust Large Cent Free S/h1794 Liberty Cap Large Cent Lettered Edge Solid Vf Details Overall Eye Appeal1798 Draped Bust 1c Large Cent, Nice Us Coin1794 Liberty Cap Large Cent Ag-fr Details1794 Liberty Cap Large Cent Ag Details1795 Plain Edge Liberty Cap Large Cent Cool1797 S-121b Gripped Edge Large Cent, R-4!1852 Large Cent N-1a Au DetailsLot Of 2 Us Large Cents 1817 1822 Nice Coins No Problems Free Ship!1800 80/79 Large Cent, Draped Bust, Scarce Vf++ Variety, ** Free Shipping!Circa 1795 Flowing Hair Liberty Early Large Cent Penny1852 Large Cent, Braided Hair, Beautiful Gem Bu++ Copper Piece, Great Strike!1794 Liberty Cap Large Cent Neat Old Us Penny Coin1795 Plain Edge Liberty Cap Large Cent Cool1795 Liberty Cap Large Cent Lettered Edge Better Date!Extremely Fine Xf Ef Nice 1855 Braided Hair Large Cent 1c Penny Ccc Nr Auction!1839 1c N-10 Booby Head Pcgs Xf401795 Large CentUs Large Cent 1793 ForgeryExtremely Fine Xf Ef Nice 1850 Braided Hair Large Cent 1c Penny Ccc Nr Auction!Lot Of 35 Us Coronet Head Large Cent Coins Mixed Dates,1827,1829,1830,1832,1835,1812 Classic Head Large Cent 1c Us, Nice CoinSuper Nice 1826 Us Coronet Head Large Cent Pcgs Graded Au 55 Nr1795 Liberty Cap Large Cent Thin Planchet Fair1795 Plain Edge Liberty Cap Large Cent Nice!1802 Draped Bust Large Cent Vg Details1814 Large Cent. Miller Collection Sale Lot #15Circulated 1817 Philadelphia Copper Coronet Head Large Cent Free S/h1794 Liberty Cap Large Cent Sheldon Full Date Look No ReserveLarge Cent 1811 - Nice Flan & Date1794 Liberty Cap Large Cent Thick Planchet Old Us Penny 1803 S-253 M-lds R3, Small Date, Small Fraction Die Crack On Reverse1845 Us Liberty Large One Cent1797 U.s. Draped Bust Large Cent1803 Large Cent1803 Draped Bust 1c Large Cent, Nice Us Coin1808 Large Cent! Very Nice!! (94)1c One Cent Penny (1795-1796) Ag/g Liberty Cap Large Cent Part Date Scarce.1793 Chain Cent Copy: Proof Or Proof-like: No Reserve!1798 Draped Bust Large Cent - Circulated Condition - 28su1856 Braided Hair Large Cent Upright 5 1c - Pcgs Au50 Certified 1823/2 Cent - Nice Coin - Scarce Key Date