1851 Large cent

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by Coinlover67, Mar 31, 2016.


Worth sending in to PCGS/NGC?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

    18 vote(s)
  3. Yes, but it would get a Details grade.

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  1. Coinlover67

    Coinlover67 Well-Known Member

    What would you grade this 1851 large cent as and how much is it worth? I know it does have the scratches and that could bring down the value.
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  3. K2Coins

    K2Coins GO GATORS

    You cant grade it. It is damaged and cleaned, most likely a $5 coin
  4. TJ1952

    TJ1952 Well-Known Member

    Yes, that damage kills it. Just for the heck of it, can you take a better picture. Would like to see if it's a 51 over 81.
  5. spirityoda

    spirityoda Coin Junky Supporter

    cleaned to its death.
  6. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

  7. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    Not really certifiable, but a really neat coin. Some of the people on here have some fabulous coins and I have to dry my keyboard off after looking at some of them. On the other hand, this is a really cool coin even if cleaned and having some damage. One way to lessen the effects of the cleaning would be to carry it around in your pocket and let it get a little more wear on it. Besides, it's interesting to pull out such a coin and say "Hey, have you ever seen an American coin that is over 150 years old?" The responses will range from "So?" to "Wow!"
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  8. BooksB4Coins

    BooksB4Coins Newbieus Sempiterna

    What you're seeing are not simple scratches, unfortunately, and could be better characterized as "cuts", made, perhaps, by a knife or even a small straight-edge chisel being pressed into the coin.
  9. TJ1952

    TJ1952 Well-Known Member

    Some tradesmen could have pulled it out of his pocket and used it as some type of tool back then. Like a shim in a piece of heavy equipment. I've used a dime more then once to turn a screw when I didn't have a screw driver. Although I like @BooksB4Coins straight-edge chisel theory. It hurts me to picture that. If only those old coins could talk!
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  10. l.cutler

    l.cutler Member

    Probably only worth a couple dollars, still a 165 year old coin with a lot of history behind it.
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