The 1817 Liberty Head large cents have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these coins.

1817 Large Cent

Specifications

Type: Liberty Head Large Cent
Year: 1817
Face Value: $0.01
Composition: Copper
Total Weight: 10.89 grams

These Liberty Head cents are also known as Matron Head cents. There is no mint mark on any of these coins. Each coin was minted in Philadelphia.

Two different varieties exist for this coin. There is the variety with 13 stars on the obverse side of the coin, and the error variety with 15 stars. It's speculated that the 15 star error variety was caused by the designer Robert Scot's eyesight. Scot was in his later years when he designed the coin.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1817 Philadelphia 3,948,400

Value

The 1817 large cent with 13 stars is worth around $30 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $110. In extremely fine condition the value is around $225. In uncirculated condition the price is around $625 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS-63BN can sell for around $1,000.

The 1817 large cent with 15 stars is worth around $50 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $225. In extremely fine condition the value is around $700. In uncirculated condition the price is around $3,000 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS-63BN can sell for around $5,500.

Grading System

Good- The details on Liberty's head are partially visible. Wear is shown evenly on the date and legends.

Very fine- Liberty's hair cords are just slightly worn. Liberty's hair lines are partially worn and well-defined.

Extremely fine- Liberty's hair cords stand out prominently. All of Liberty's hair lines are sharp.

MS 60 uncirculated- There are no signs of wear. The coin has luster, but there may be a few stains, abrasions, or surface marks.

MS-63BN choice uncirculated- In the major focal areas there are some blemishes or contact marks. The coin's luster might not be as prominent. The color is brown.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

1818 Large Cent