The 1810 Classic Head Large Cent is one of those coins that is flat-out irresistible to most collectors. The reasons for this are many, but the simple fact that the coin is more than 200 years old is enough to catch any collector’s interest. What’s more, the 1810 Classic Head is one of the first editions of a brand new design.
On the obverse side of the 1810 Classic Head Large Cent, the central part of the coin is dominated by the leftward-facing Lady Liberty. In previous years, she was facing the opposite direction. Inscribed within a band on Lady Liberty’s head is the word “Liberty.” On both the left and right sides of Lady Liberty exists a total of 13 stars. These exist to commemorate the 13 original colonies of the United States. Finally, the 1810 year of minting can be found towards the bottom of the obverse.
The reverse side of the Classic Head features in the center an inscription which reads “One Cent.” Encircling the inscription is a wreath which is incredibly detailed in its design. Unlike previous Large Cent editions, the wreath on the reverse of the Classic Head is continuous and uninterrupted. Finally, the phrase “United States of America” is inscribed along the coin’s outer edge. Also on the very outer edges of both the obverse and reverse sides of the Classic Head Large Cent are 100 individual, raised dots.
For collectors, there are very few circumstances where they will settle for coins that have not been officially graded. Because there are so many counterfeits circulating nowadays, it is absolutely imperative that coins be graded. Below exists an outline of the different coin grades as well as what those grades mean for the appearance of the 1810 Classic Head Large Cent.
Uncirculated: A Classic Head that is determined to be of Uncirculated grade is one that, quite literally, was never circulated. From the day this coin was first minted, it was kept in a safe place and avoided any and all damage. As such, it is in pristine condition.
Extremely Fine: Extremely Fine is a grade indicative of a Classic Head Large Cent that might show small signs of damage, but damage that is hardly noticeable. Apart from a scratch or two, these coins will be in mostly pristine condition seeing as they were likely never circulated.
Fine: Fine is the grade given to coins that were circulated, but only for a short period of time. These pieces will show consistent, light scratching on both the obverse and reverse sides, but all of the raised imagery and lettering will still be intact.
Good: Good is the grade given to those 1810 Classic Head Large Cents that have been circulated heavily. These coins will show a lot of damage. So much so that some of the raised imagery and lettering might have been completely and entirely smoothed away.
In order to determine the price you might be asked to pay for an 1810 Classic Head Large Cent, you really do not need to look much further than its grade/condition. These coins are so old that they are all valuable, but as the condition of the piece improves its price rises, sometimes dramatically so. The chart below will give you a better understanding of what you might be asked to pay for an 1810 Classic Head given its grade.
|1810 Classic||$80||$325||$1,700||$2,750||Source: Red Book|