The 1856 Liberty Head large cents have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these coins.

1856 Large Cent

Specifications

Type: Liberty Head Large Cent
Year: 1856
Face Value: $0.01
Composition: Copper
Total Weight: 10.89 grams

These Liberty Head cents are also known as Braided Hair 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 the upright 5 and the variety with the slanting 5. See the images below for reference.

1856 Large Cent Upright 5
The upright 5 variety
1856 Large Cent Slanting 5
The slanting 5 variety
Series Location Quantity Minted
1856 Philadelphia 2,690,463

Value

Each variety has similar values. The 1856 large cent is worth around $25 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $60. In extremely fine condition the value is around $150. In uncirculated condition the price is around $275 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS-63BN can sell for around $350.

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:

1855 Large Cent
1854 Large Cent