Help identifying this large cent

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  1. Sam1994

    Sam1994 New Member

    Hi everyone!

    Could someone help me identify this large cent? I was looking for a date or date range, and which one it is. Unfortunately, the last two digits are rubbed off. :( Any help that you can provide is really appreciated.


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  3. Sam1994

    Sam1994 New Member

    It's slightly larger than an 1855 braided hair. And seems to be thinner, though it may just be worn down. IMG_3552.JPG
  4. Inspector43

    Inspector43 72 Year Collector

    Pour a little alcohol on it, or some other liquid. It may show the numbers.
  5. David Betts

    David Betts Well-Known Member

    Alka Seltzer can't hurt!
  6. SorenCoins

    SorenCoins Well-Known Member

    The last photo you sent shows a little bit of remnant letters. I think I can see 183x.
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  7. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage!

    Looks like a Matron Cent, the date would have to be between 1816-1839. I think it could only be between 1830-1839, hope that helps you! good luck :D
  8. David Betts

    David Betts Well-Known Member

    guessing small star little head?
  9. SorenCoins

    SorenCoins Well-Known Member

    I just learned something new from the picture of the 1855 large cent you posted! It looked like a die break was right above the ear. Turns out there is a "knob on ear" variety. I think you have it!
  10. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Put a little rubbing alcohol on the date and see if that helps. Welcome to CT.
  11. Malleus Maleficarum

    Malleus Maleficarum Active Member

    It certainly does look like a 3.
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  12. GH#75

    GH#75 Well-Known Member

    I hate coins like this! You can see the first 3 digits, but not the last one. I have a flying eagle cent like this. You can see 195, but nothing else.
  13. GH#75

    GH#75 Well-Known Member

    I don't think alcohol will help much. It makes the metal brighter, and contrasts the dirt which makes it harder to see. I think rubbing a crayon over a piece of paper over the coin might help. You can look at the drawing you made with the crayon. Also, another thing that has helped me see details on coins is putting a bit of water on it. Not a big drop, but a thin sheen of water coating the area. See if this works.
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  14. Dynoking

    Dynoking Well-Known Member

    A Flying Eagle Cent with the date 195X ?
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  15. halfcent1793

    halfcent1793 Well-Known Member

    The first three digits are 183. That head was discontinued in 1835, so your coin is dated 1830-1835. It's hard to tell beyond that, as the coin is corroded and harshly cleaned. Looks like it was found the ground.
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  16. GH#75

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  17. Mike185

    Mike185 Well-Known Member

    flying eagle was only mint for circulation in 1857-1858. 1854-1856 was mint for the pattern of the coin. There no 195x...
  18. Inspector43

    Inspector43 72 Year Collector

    I wouldn't leave the alcohol on long. Just enough to see the digits. But water will do the same thing.
  19. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I think you mean 185, not 195.
  20. John Wright

    John Wright Active Member

    The head-type says 1816-1835. The ghost-third-digit looks closest to a 3, so 1830 thru 1835. Show me the reverse and we might pin it down.
  21. buckeye73

    buckeye73 Well-Known Member

    I have eliminated 1830, 1833,1836 thru 1839 due to the location of the 6th star relative to the tip of the coronet and/or the broad lower tip of the bust. The narrow tip of the bust near the date and other bust types appear on all cents dated 1836 thru 1839 in the Middle Dates.
    Any further evaluation would require a clear photo of the reverse and possibly hours of my time.
    Sorry, but I rarely spend that amount of time on my own few date-challenged cents. Others may with more attribution skills maybe able to give you more information on the date. Good luck.
    Edit: Changed “coronet head series“ to Middle Dates”.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2020
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