PCGS 36496 - 1811 1C S-287, BN

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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. The poster of these images noted, "The S-287 is one of only two die marriages for year 1811. This year and the 1809 create a challenge for the high grade Classic Head Large Cent collector because only a dozen or so 1811’s exist in mint state and NONE are known above AU for the 1809. The 1811 also holds the distinction of the smallest mintage (218,205) for the Classic Head series. Latest auction results yielded $14,950 for a MS-64 during the Heritage auction at the 2009 FUN show, and $4025 for a PCGS graded AU-50. Not surprising both coins carry lower EAC grades. The S-287 currently carry prices in Fine grades from about $500-$1000 and more for the other 1811 (S-286 overdate) according to the 2008 “CQR” price guide. Below is an example of a VF recently auctioned by Heritage in the 2008 Houston show. The pictured coin is graded 25 but only 20 by EAC standards."

Recorded mintage: 218,205.

Specification: 10.89 g, copper, 28-29 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 45.


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