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1816-1857 Matron Head & Braided Hair Large Cent Set

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(2 coins)

Grade:  Very Good  

Follow in the footsteps of mountain men who opened up lands west of the Mississippi… and the 49ers and pioneers who settled them with this 2-coin set of copper large cents. You’ll journey back through coinage history to the days of horse and manpowered equipment to the introduction of steam power at the mint. Struck at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, both collector favorites display Liberty’s head and she wears a coronet inscribed with liberty. You’ll get the:

  • 1816-1839 Matron Head Large Cent – designed by Robert Scott (later modified by Christian Gobrecht) this historic coin shows Liberty with her hair in a bun, neatly bound by a cord, and a single tress escaping. As this type was produced, the U.S. Mint made the transition from manpower to steam and moved to a new building.
  • 1839-1857 Braided Hair Large Cent – designed by Christian Gobrecht, this handsome coin is similar in appearance to the Matron Head except that it features a more compact profile and a braid over Liberty’s brow. The Braided Hair cents are the last design of the large cents series.

During their day, large cents jingled in the pockets of many Americans, as our nation grew. After they were discontinued, thousands were melted down to strike the new small cents that replaced them. Add numismatic prestige and history to your collection today with this set of pre-Civil War large cents! Comes in a handsome display case.

  • Year: Mixed Years
  • Product Type: Sets
  • Mint Mark: Philadelphia