There are many iconic US coins that have been produced over the years, and the 1825 Liberty Head Large Cent is as iconic as they come. Today, this coin is of particular interest to collectors who want to make a big addition to their collection. With the total number of 1825 Large Cents constantly decreasing, there has never been a better time to get your hands on one.
On the obverse side of the 1825 Liberty Head, the hallmark feature is the central image of Lady Liberty. As opposed to Large Cents from previous years, Lady Liberty is facing leftward. There is a band on her head, and inscribed within this band is the word “Liberty.” Beneath the central image of Lady Liberty is an inscription marking the 1825 year of minting. Finally, The outer edge of the coin’s face is marked by 13 stars, celebrating the 13 original colonies of the United States.
On the reverse side, the center features an inscription marking the “One Cent” face value. Surrounding this inscription is a surprisingly detailed wreath. Around all of this is yet another inscription, this one reading “United States of America.” On both the obverse and reverse sides of the coin, the very outer edges are marked with rays which give the coin some added texture.
For collectors, the unfortunate reality is that the 1825 Liberty Head Large Cent, like many other old coins, is counterfeited quite often. A way of combating this unscrupulous practice is to have the coin graded and certified as being authentic. Below, you will find an outline of the different coin grades as well as what those grades mean for the appearance of the 1825 Liberty Head.
Uncirculated: Uncirculated is the grade given to coins that never made it onto the open market. Rather than being circulated, these coins have been kept in a safe place from the day they were minted. Naturally, these pieces are pristine.
Extremely Fine: A coin determined to be of Extremely Fine grade is one that may have been extremely lightly circulated, or not at all. No matter whether it was or was not circulated, there will be some very minor signs of damage.
Fine: A coin that is graded as Fine is one that was circulated for a time, but taken out before any significant damage can occur. These pieces will feature light scratching and light smoothing, but will, for the most part, appear to be in pretty decent shape.
Good: Good is the grade given to coins that have been both heavily circulated and heavily damaged. These coins will feature a lot of smoothing, so much so that some of the surface imagery and lettering may have been entirely worn away.
When it comes to determining the price you might have to pay for an 1825 Large Cent, there are a few things you have to consider. For one, the condition of the coin means a lot. If the coin is well-preserved, it will carry a higher asking price than a coin that has been extremely heavily damaged. Secondly, the scarcity of the coin means a lot. If there are only a few coins, the price will be higher than the price of coins that there is a large quantity of. You will find a chart below that is aimed at giving you a better idea of what you might be asked to be pay for an 1825 Liberty Head Large Cent given its grade.
|1825 Liberty Head||$20||$40||$325||$650||Source: Red Book|