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)

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1847 BRAIDED HAIR 1C MS67 Brown

GEM! N-22. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. SOME RED.
$8,950.00

1848 BRAIDED HAIR 1C PR64 Red Brown

GEM PROOF. ONLY 7 STRUCK. CAC.
$22,500.00

1849 BRAIDED HAIR 1C PR64+

ONLY 20 STRUCK. CAC.
$16,950.00

1852 BRAIDED HAIR 1C MS65 Red

ONLY 4 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$4,350.00

1854 BRAIDED HAIR 1C PR64 Red

FIRE ENGINE RED. ONLY COIN WITH RED DESIGNATION GRADED BY EITHER SERVICE. JUST 50 CONS STRUCK. RARITY-6.
$26,000.00

1855 BRAIDED HAIR 1C, SLANTED 55 PR64 Brown

SLANTED 55. ONLY 100 STRUCK. CAC.
$8,500.00

1855 BRAIDED HAIR 1C, UPRIGHT 55 MS65 Red

UPRIGHT 55. GEM RED.
$3,695.00

1857 BRAIDED HAIR 1C, SMALL DATE PR65 Red Brown

SMALL DATE. ONLY 238 STRUCK. CAC.
$13,950.00