1868 1C Braided Hair One Cent, Judd-610, Pollock-675, Low R.7

The obverse is the resurrected design from the Braided Hair large cent in production from 1843 to 1857, with the same reverse design from that coinage. Remnants of misplaced digits can be seen in the border dentils below the date. Struck in nickel with a plain edge.

PR65 $20,700.00 (Jan 2, 2007 HA.com)
Braided Hair Cent Patterns
1854 P1C One Cent, Judd-161 Original, Pollock-187, R.4

The design is similar to the large cent then in circulation, but there are no stars on the obverse, and the planchet is smaller--just about 25.4 mm (1 inch), compared with a diameter for the regular large cent of 27.5 mm (1.08 inches). Struck in copper or bronze with a plain edge.
While the measurements above do not seem to be a dramatic difference, it is one that is immediately noticeable. The corresponding weights, of course, differ as well. Originals and restrikes are known. The originals, per Pollock, weigh in the neighborhood of 91 to 100 grains (5.9 to 6.5 gm), while the restrikes weigh around 113-114 grains (7.3-7.4 gm). By way of comparison, a standard 1854 large cent would weigh 10.9 gm when new. PCGS has only certified one piece as a Restrike.

PR66 $2,530.00 (Apr 30, 2009 HA.com)
1854 P1C One Cent, Judd-160, Pollock-187, R.4, PR64

This familiar pattern is mid-sized between the large and small cent, an intermediate step in the transition toward the cent in the diameter as we know it today. Aside from the absence of stars, the types are retained from the Large cent, but are smaller in scale, especially the wreath. Struck in bronze with a plain edge.

PR64 $1,495.00 (Jul 31, 2009 HA.com)
Source for information and pictures courtesy of  Heritage Coin Auctions
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