Matron Head (Coronet) Cent: 1816-1839


Quick Coinage Facts

Years Minted: 1816-1839
Mints: Philadelphia
Composition: Copper
Diameter: 28 to 29 mm
Weight: 10.89 grams
Total Mintage: approx. 54,482,523
Edge: Smooth


Designed by John Reich the Matron Head cent had a composition of 100% copper. The obverse design depicted Liberty facing left, her curled hair tied with a band inscribed LIBERTY. Thirteen stars surround bust representing the original 13 colonies or states of the union.

The reverse shows a wreath encircling the denomination ONE CENT, with the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA surrounding the wreath at the rim.

There are no mint marks as the Philadelphia mint was the only mint during that time period so there were was no need.

General Market Notes

The Matron Head Cent has mintages drastically larger than its predecessors which make collectible grades of fine to very fines affordable and accessible to type set collectors.

If you are looking for an undervalued coin take a look at the year 1821. With a mintage less than 400,000 coins and price tag slightly higher than common issues screams bargain.

Obverse Reverse
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