1804 Draped Bust Cent

The 1804 Draped Bust cent has long been one of the most popular early United States coins. Storekeeper/coin collector James Morris of Morgantown, PA documented in 1841 the scarcity and desirability of the 1804 cent.(1)

The mintage of the 1804 cent has never been fully ascertained, but it is generally believed to be 96,500 pieces, of which 1000 are estimated to have survived to this day.(2)

Interest in the 1804 Draped Bust cent has seldom waned. Prices have marched higher and higher for decades, as demonstrated by the value trend charts below.

The 1804 Draped Bust cent deservedly commands respect from the numismatic community. Collectors fortunate enough to own this rarity should expect a continued strong performance in the years ahead.

Estimated survivors in all grades: 1000
? The survivor estimate from PCGS represents an average of one or more experts' opinions as to how many examples survive of a particular coin in all grades. Survival estimates include coins that are raw, certified by PCGS, and certified by other grading services.
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PCGS Rarity Scale: 5.0
? The 'PCGS CoinFacts Rarity Scale' assesses the relative rarity of all U.S. coins, based on estimated surviving examples. The scale runs from 1.0 to 10.0. The higher the number, the rarer the coin.
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1. Stack's Bowers Galleries.  1804 Draped Bust Cent.  Aug 2020 Auction.

2. PCGS. 1804 1C, BN (Regular Strike).

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