U.S. Large Cent - 1800's - United States
U.S. Large Cent - 1800's - United States
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U.S. Large Cent

Date: 1800's

Origin: United States

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  • Ships in 3 - 6 days within the US. Orders over $50 ship free!
  • Includes Certificate of Authenticity.
  • Your purchase will match the quality of the items shown.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Lincoln visiting Antietam

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

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


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