As of May, 2024, a 1851/81 Penny, RB in uncirculated specimen can be valued between $1,500.00 and $9,500.00, depending on its grade and strike quality.

Looking back at auction records, the highest price was achieved by a Mint State grade that was hammered at $18,400.00 in the 09/07/2009 by renowned auctioneer Goldberg Auctioneers, showcasing the allure of top-tier rarities.

Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Edge: Plain
Diameter: 27.50 millimeters
Weight: 10.89 grams
Mintage: 9,889,707
Mint: Philadelphia
Metal: Copper
Series: Coronet Head Cents 1816-1857

1851/81 Penny, Rb (Regular Strike) – Price Chart

If you are aware of your coin’s grade, refer to the following chart to determine its value:


If you are unsure of the grade, you can assess it based on the coin’s condition. More detailed information here.

GradeLowest Price($)Highest Price($)Average Price($)
Mint State1,500.009,500.005,214.29

Please note that the estimated values are derived from the latest data in the PCGS Price Guide and are not guaranteed to be 100% accurate. We strongly recommend reviewing actual auction records, which can be filtered by grade. For further insights, refer to our analysis report, which is based on these data.

Also, there are multiple versions of the 1851 Braided Hair Cent. We recommend checking the values of these coins as well to ensure a comprehensive assessment.

Coin NameMin Circulated Price($)Max Circulated Price($)Min Uncirculated Price($)Max Uncirculated Price($)
1851 Penny, BN (Regular Strike)20.00225.00235.007,150.00
1851/81 Penny, BN (Regular Strike)22.00550.00650.007,500.00
1851 Penny, RB (Regular Strike)N/AN/A275.009,000.00
1851 Penny, RD (Regular Strike)N/AN/A900.0024,000.00
1851 Penny Newcomb 4, BN (Regular Strike)35.00250.00275.001,750.00
1851/81 Penny, RD (Regular Strike)N/AN/A5,000.0020,000.00
1851/81 Penny Newcomb 3, BN (Regular Strike)40.00600.00725.007,650.00
1851/81 Penny Newcomb 3, RB (Regular Strike)N/AN/A1,600.0010,500.00

Coins listed have various mint marks and designations indicating where they were minted and if they are special strikes. To learn more about what the different mint marks and designations mean, please refer to our Mint Mark Chart and Coin Designation Reference Chart.

1851/81 Penny, Rb (Regular Strike) – Auction Chart & Report

This tool is very user-friendly. Simply select the coin grade, and our system will provide detailed information including:

  • Lowest Sale Price
  • Highest Sale Price
  • Average Sale Price
  • Most Recent Sale Price
  • Number of Sales
  • Sales Volume

You can also select different time periods for your query: 1 month, 6 months, 1 year, 3 years, or All time, with the default set to All time.

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Grade Impact Analysis

GradeLowest Price($)Highest Price($)Average Price($)

The chart shows the min and max prices for the 1851/81 Penny, RB (Regular Strike) coin across various grades from AU-55 to MS-66. The prices generally increase as the grade improves, with MS-65+ having the highest max price $18,400.00.

Within each grade, there is also variability in prices, likely due to factors like specific coin characteristics or market conditions at time of sale. Overall, the chart illustrates how coin grade is a key driver of value for this particular 1851/81 Penny, RB (Regular Strike).

Auction House Comparison

The pie chart breaks down the market share of various auction houses for selling the 1851/81 Penny, RB (Regular Strike) coin. Heritage Auctions dominates with 40.74% share, followed by Superior Galleries / Goldberg Auctioneers with 18.52% / 18.52% appearances respectively..

Price Trend Over Time

The graph presents a detailed analysis of the average annual auction sale price and frequency for the 1851/81 Penny, RB (Regular Strike) coin over the years. This visual representation traces the coin's value fluctuations, illustrating periods of increase, decrease, or stability in its average auction price.

Such a historical view is indispensable for collectors, investors, or researchers who are keen on comprehending the market dynamics and the coin's value trend over an extended period.

Raw Auction Records

Here are the lasted auction records from the auction history of the past years. You can filter these records by coin grade.

GradeGrade SourceSellerPrice($)Sold Date
MS-65PCGSStack's Bowers3,840.0002/28/2018
MS-64NGCGoldberg Auctioneers1,293.0006/05/2017
AU-55NONEGoldberg Auctioneers676.0002/13/2017
MS-66PCGSHeritage Auctions8,225.0004/26/2015
MS-65+PCGSHeritage Auctions5,875.0004/26/2015
MS-65+NGCHeritage Auctions4,113.0010/18/2012
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions2,185.0004/28/2010
MS-63NGCGoldberg Auctioneers1,063.7509/08/2009
MS-65+PCGSGoldberg Auctioneers18,400.0009/07/2009
MS-66NGCHeritage Auctions3,220.0002/01/2009
MS-63NGCHeritage Auctions805.0009/27/2007
MS-65+NGCGoldberg Auctioneers2,760.0005/29/2007
MS-66NGCBowers & Merena2,530.0003/01/2007
MS-65+NGCHeritage Auctions2,300.0012/13/2005
MS-65+NGCHeritage Auctions1,920.0006/02/2005
MS-63NONEAmerican Numismatic Rarities2,760.0003/08/2005
MS-65+NGCHeritage Auctions2,530.0001/01/2005
MS-64NGCBowers & Merena1,265.0012/02/2004
MS-64PCGSSuperior Galleries2,645.0009/14/2003
MS-66NGCHeritage Auctions2,990.0005/01/2003
MS-62NONESuperior Galleries1,955.0006/01/2002
MS-64NONESuperior Galleries3,335.0006/01/2002
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions1,610.0010/03/2001
MS-64NGCSuperior Galleries1,035.0005/27/2001
MS-66NGCSuperior Galleries1,955.0003/08/2001
MS-63NONEDavid Akers2,860.0010/01/1997
MS-65+NONEBowers & Merena2,860.0005/20/1996