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SERIES: Classic Head Cents 1808-1814
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1810 1C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS64BN
PCGS #:
1549
Diameter:
28.00 millimeters
Designer:
John Reich
Weight:
10.89 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
1,458,500
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$149,500 • PCGS MS65 • 9-8-2009 • Ira & Larry Goldberg
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 4,000 R-4.2 10 / 11 TIE 10 / 11 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 6 / 11 TIE 6 / 11 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 11 TIE 1 / 11 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN PCGS grade  

David Proskey - Henry C. Hines - Dr. William H. Sheldon 4/1972 - R. E. Naftzger, Jr., 2/1992 - Eric Streiner - Jay Parrino (The Mint) 4/1996 - Jack Wadlington (via Bob Grellman & Chris McCawley) 6/2005 - Dan Holmes Collection - Goldbergs 9/2009:556, $149,500

1 MS65BN PCGS grade  
1 MS65BN estimated grade  
1 MS65BN PCGS grade  
5 MS64BN PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN PCGS grade  

David Proskey - Henry C. Hines - Dr. William H. Sheldon 4/1972 - R. E. Naftzger, Jr., 2/1992 - Eric Streiner - Jay Parrino (The Mint) 4/1996 - Jack Wadlington (via Bob Grellman & Chris McCawley) 6/2005 - Dan Holmes Collection - Goldbergs 9/2009:556, $149,500

1 MS65BN PCGS grade  
1 MS65BN estimated grade  
1 MS65BN PCGS grade  
5 MS64BN PCGS grade  
5 MS64BN PCGS grade  
5 MS64BN PCGS grade  
5 MS64BN PCGS grade  
5 MS64BN estimated grade  
5 MS64BN estimated grade  

Ron Guth: The 1810 Large Cent is a fairly common date in the Classic Head series that ran from 1808 to 1814.  Collectors should have no trouble finding a circulated example, though the focus should be on problem-free coins with nice color and surfaces.  Locating Mint State coins is an expensive proposition, as they are eagerly sought by both type and variety collectors.  PCGS has certified just over two dozen Mint State 1810 Large Cents, mostly in Brown and mostly in PCGS MS63.  Red-Brown examples are exceedingly rare, led by the PCGS MS67RB example that sold out of the Eugene Gardner collection in 2014 for a record $99,875.  No full Red 1810 Large Cents have been seen or reported.

The four die varieties that make up the entire mintage of the 1810 Large Cent come in a variety of die states, which are of importance to collectors.  Early states tend to be sharp and nicely detailed, but as the dies wear, the design elements become weak and the overall appearance becomes mushy.  Thus, two high-grade 1810 Large Cents in different die states but of the identical, technical grade can look entirely different.  Variety specialists understand these differences, whereas type collectors tend to prefer the early die state coins and their sharper details.