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

1840 1C Large Date, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+BN

DATE COMPARISON

PCGS MS66BN
PCGS #:
1820
Diameter:
27.50 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
10.89 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
2,462,700
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$8,813 • PCGS MS66 • 6-4-2014 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 3,000 R-4.4 21 / 33 TIE 49 / 81 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 15 / 33 TIE 48 / 81 TIE
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 19 / 33 TIE 48 / 81 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+BN PCGS grade
2 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS66BN PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+BN PCGS grade
2 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS66BN PCGS grade  
2 MS66BN PCGS grade  
7 MS65+BN PCGS grade
8 MS65BN PCGS grade
8 MS65BN PCGS grade
8 MS65BN PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Among 1840 Large Cents, collectors can find either Small Dates or Large Dates.  The difference between the two is dramatic and centers, as might be expected, on the size of the date.  The two dates could not be more different, so it is easy to tell them apart.  The 1,8, and 4 are different in size and shape; the 0 differs only in size.  The following are the characteristics of each:

Small Date:
Long serif at the top of the 1
Block 8, with circles or ovals inside the loops
Normally-shaped 4; scalene triangle inside 4 (no equal sides, no equal angles)
Small 0, the same size as the other digits

Large Date:
Short serif at the top of 1
Cursive 8, with odd-shaped ellipses inside the loops
Oddly-shaped 4; isoscelese triangle inside 4 (two equal sides, two equal angles)
Large 0, the same size as the other digits

The 1840 Large Date Cent is not particularly rare, and it can be found in nice condition -- for a price.  The PCGS Condition Census for Brown exampes included coins from MS65 to MS66+.  Red-Brown examples are very scarce and full Red examples are very rare.