Feedback

X

Leave Comment

SERIES: Coronet Head Cents 1816-1857
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1817 1C 15 Stars, BN (Regular Strike)

View All Coin Images

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS64BN

PCGS MS63BN
PCGS #:
1597
Diameter:
28.00 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
10.89 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
3,948,400
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$50,600 • PCGS MS65 • 2-4-2009 • Ira & Larry Goldberg
Go To Grade
  • 3
  • 4
  • 6
  • 8
  • 10
  • 12
  • 15
  • 20
  • 25
  • 30
  • 35
  • 40
  • 45
  • 45+
  • 50
  • 50+
  • 53
  • 53+
  • 55
  • 55+
  • 58
  • 58+
  • 60
  • 61
  • 62
  • 62+
  • 63
  • 64
  • 65
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 9 / 48 TIE 20 / 81 TIE
60 or Better 20 R-9.1 9 / 48 TIE 11 / 81 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 4 / 48 TIE 6 / 81 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN PCGS grade

Henry C. Miller Collection - Thomas L. Elder 4/1917:837 - Henry C. Hines Collection - Dr. William H. Sheldon Collection - Homer K. Downing Collection -  New Netherlands 8/1952:2145 - R.E. "Ted" Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Goldbergs 2/2009:47, $50,600

2 MS64BN PCGS grade

Fitzgerald Collection

2 MS64BN estimated grade  
4 MS63BN PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS63BN estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN PCGS grade

Henry C. Miller Collection - Thomas L. Elder 4/1917:837 - Henry C. Hines Collection - Dr. William H. Sheldon Collection - Homer K. Downing Collection -  New Netherlands 8/1952:2145 - R.E. "Ted" Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Goldbergs 2/2009:47, $50,600

2 MS64BN PCGS grade

Fitzgerald Collection

2 MS64BN estimated grade  
4 MS63BN PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS63BN estimated grade  
6 MS62BN PCGS grade  
6 MS62BN PCGS grade  
6 MS62BN estimated grade  
9 MS60BN PCGS grade  
10 AU58 PCGS grade

Ron Guth: This unusual variety shows 15 stars on the obverse instead of the usual 13.  This was strictly an engraving error that occurred when the stars were placed too closely together.  It is in no way related to the earliest U.S. coins that had varying number of stars.  In those cases, the number of stars started at 13, then increased with the addition of each new state, but the number eventually reverted back to 13 as the designs became too crowded.  By 1817, there were 18 states in the Union, thus there is no valid connection with the number 15.

The 1817 15 Stars Large Cent is a common variety which can be found with relative ease in circulated grades.  Mint State examples are quite scarce (as are most Large Cents of this year). According to researcher John Wright, there are numerous Mint State examples of this variety, but PCGS has graded barely ten in the last 25+ years.  The finest example certified by PCGS is a single MS65BN.  Red & Brown examples are extremely rare and no full red example is known.