Origin: These 170+ year old large cents likely survived the ages by being passed down in private hands, and our current selection has been acquired from multiple private collections. All have been thoroughly inspected for authenticity by the History Hoard team.
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The ancestor of the modern penny.
Pennies used to be massive.
At least, they were far larger than any coin we're used to using today.
Measuring 1.25 inches across, the large cent is hefty compared to a modern penny. The coins were rather heavy as well, and we wouldn't blame you for thinking they were a bit impractical.
The Americans of the 1850's would have agreed.
The large cent was replaced with the modern penny in 1857, after frequent complaints from the public about their unwieldy size.
But these coins didn't disappear. A number have made it to the modern age, and now you can get your chance at owning one of the most iconic coins in U.S. history.
Each comes encased in a protective glass top display case, which can be opened for careful handling.
President Lincoln visiting the battlefield at Antietam, 1862
About the Large Cent
The large cent dates back to the very early years of the United States, shortly after the nation won the Revolutionary War against the British. Despite their size, these large round copper pieces (about the size of a modern dollar coin) were still worth the same as a modern penny—1/100 of a dollar. They were eventually replaced in 1857, when people complained about their unwieldy size.
Nurses of the American Civil War, 1862
Your order will include:
- One large cent, dated 1820 -1857
- Acrylic display case
- Detail cards with relevant information about your unique coins
- Certificate of Authenticity
History Hoard relics are guaranteed authentic and have a 100% money back policy. Read more about the History Hoard Promise.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Your Certificate of Authenticity is more than just a piece of paper—it's a promise to you.
When you buy from History Hoard, you can rest assured that each of your new relics has been thoroughly inspected under the careful eyes of an antiquities specialist. Only items that are 100% certain to be authentic get sent to our customers.
Plus, we take great care to source our relics from only vetted antiquities experts, who are also committed to providing genuine and ethically sourced relics.
Check out this video to see the most basic things we look for when authenticating coins:
To read more about our promise to you, click here.
Actually, many relics are able to be owned by anyone.
Typically, museums only want to display items that are either very rare or incredibly well preserved. This leaves many items that don't make the cut, and these are able to be owned by individuals.
While the items we sell aren't "museum grade," they still carry with them the same amount of history and uniqueness. Each relic was still hand made by a person, hundreds or even thousands of years ago.
One of our core values is not to damage or alter any of the artifacts we sell.
History needs to be preserved—after all, there is a limited amount of it that survives—but it is also something to be shared with the masses. For this reason, we put our relics in sturdy display cases that are safe to handle, but are mindful that someday the relic may need to be taken out again.
No glue or resin holds the items in place. Instead, we're developed our own method for holding the relics securely in their displays using pressure alone. In fact, any of our relics can be removed in their original condition by simply opening the display case.
You can find our complete FAQ section here.