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

1857 1C Small Date, RB (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66RB

PCGS MS65RB

PCGS MS65RB
PCGS #:
1932
Diameter:
27.50 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
10.89 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
333,456
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$5,288 • PCGS MS65 • 2-27-2014 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 40 R-8.7 10 / 33 TIE 31 / 80 TIE
60 or Better 40 R-8.7 10 / 33 TIE 31 / 80 TIE
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 7 / 33 TIE 10 / 80 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65RB PCGS grade
1 MS65RB PCGS grade  
3 MS64RB PCGS grade

Newcomb 2

3 MS64RB PCGS grade

Newcomb 4

3 MS64RB PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65RB PCGS grade
1 MS65RB PCGS grade  
3 MS64RB PCGS grade

Newcomb 2

3 MS64RB PCGS grade

Newcomb 4

3 MS64RB PCGS grade
3 MS64RB PCGS grade
3 MS64RB PCGS grade  
3 MS64RB PCGS grade  
3 MS64RB PCGS grade  
3 MS64RB PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: 1857 was the year in which the Large Cent was replaced with the new-fangled, Flying Eagle Small Cent.  For some reason, 1857 Large Cents were made with either large or small dates.  Both types are plentiful, but the Small Date is approximately twice as rare as the Large Date (according to the PCGS Population Report).  In Mint State, the Large Date is most readily available in MS64.  Gems are very rare.  Red-Brown examples represent less than a tenth of the total Mint State population and full Red examples are very, very rare.