PCGS 1549 - 1810 1C, BN
The "Class Head" large cent was issued 1808-14 along with a matching half cent. The type is scarcer than the prior "Draped Bust" cent of 1798-1807 or the succeeding "Coronet Head" cent minted 1816-19. The disparity only increases with grade; it seems lower quality planchets used at the time contributed to rapid wear. By a strange coincidence, the even numbered dates (1808, 1810, 1812, 1814) are all more common than the odd (1809, 1811, 1813). Numerous varieties exist.
Recorded mintage: 1,458,500.
Specification: 10.89 g, copper, 28-29 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 45.
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