Large Cent

Braided hair large cent

The large cent (as opposed to the small cent size of the modern penny) was minted from 1793 until 1857 when it was replaced by the small cent. The diameter of a large cent is slightly bigger than a modern day quarter and made of solid copper. There are several variations of the large cent: flowing hair cents, liberty cap cents, draped bust cent, classic head cents, coronet or matron head cents, braided hair cents.