Braided Hair Cents

(1839-1857)

By 1839, few people inside or outside the U.S. Mint were satisfied with the large cent design, least of all its creator, Chief Engraver Christian Gobrecht. But this was nothing new; from its very beginnings, the large cent had suffered abuse and ridicule. First of all, there were the designs. Though loved by present-day collectors, initial reaction wasn’t quite so kind. Contemporary and modern names describing Miss Liberty vividly illustrate the public’s disdain. From the “Liberty in a fright” of the Chain cents through the Classic Head’s “fat mistress” to the “obese ward boss” of the Matron Head, criticism never ceased. Now Gobrecht was faced with the same for his “Silly” and “Booby” head cents of 1839. It was clearly time for a change.

Art historians and numismatists believe that Gobrecht’s inspiration for the new 1839 design was the classic figure of Lo.... (Expand Text)

View as Grid List
Sort by
Display per page

1840 BRAIDED HAIR 1C, SMALL/LARGE 18 PR64 Red Brown

SMALL/LARGE 18. N-2. RARITY-6. ONLY 18 STRUCK. CAC.
$15,950.00

1842 BRAIDED HAIR 1C, LARGE DATE MS66 Brown

LARGE DATE. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED AT PCGS. CAC.
$8,750.00

1844 BRAIDED HAIR 1C PR65 Red Brown

GEM PROOF. ONLY 20 STRUCK. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$26,500.00

1847 BRAIDED HAIR 1C MS67 Brown

GEM! N-22. TIED WITH 1 OTHER FOR HIGHEST GRADED. SOME RED.
$9,250.00

1851/81 BRAIDED HAIR 1C MS66 Brown

GEM CHOCOLATE BROWN. JUST 1 GRADED HIGHER. CAC.
$6,250.00

1852 BRAIDED HAIR 1C MS65 Red

ONLY 4 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$4,500.00

1855 BRAIDED HAIR 1C, SLANTED 55 PR64 Brown

SLANTED 55. EST 15-20 STRUCK. CAC.
$8,750.00

1857 BRAIDED HAIR 1C, SMALL DATE PR65 Red Brown

SMALL DATE. EST 15-20 STRUCK. CAC.
$14,950.00