As of June, 2024, a 1857 Penny Small Date, RB in uncirculated specimen can be valued between $1,050.00 and $8,500.00, 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 $5,287.50 in the 02/27/2014 by renowned auctioneer Heritage Auctions, showcasing the allure of top-tier rarities.

Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Edge: Plain
Diameter: 27.50 millimeters
Weight: 10.89 grams
Mintage: 333,456
Mint: Philadelphia
Metal: Copper
Series: Coronet Head Cents 1816-1857

1857 Penny Small Date, 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 State1,050.008,500.003,744.44

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 1857 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($)Max Uncirculated Price($)
1857 Penny Large Date, BN (Regular Strike)20.00535.00550.002,700.00
1857 Penny Small Date, BN (Regular Strike)20.00575.00600.003,500.00
1857 Penny Small Date, BN (Proof)N/AN/A4,500.0011,500.00
1857 Penny N-1 Large Date, RD (Regular Strike)N/AN/A5,900.0025,500.00
1857 Penny N-2 Small Date, BN (Regular Strike)65.00585.00625.003,600.00
1857 Penny N-2 Small Date, RB (Regular Strike)N/AN/A650.005,850.00
1857 Penny Large Date, RB (Regular Strike)N/AN/A650.007,250.00
1857 Penny N-2 Small Date, RD (Regular Strike)N/AN/A3,850.003,850.00
1857 Penny Large Date, RD (Regular Strike)N/AN/A5,800.0025,000.00
1857 Penny N-4 Small Date, BN (Regular Strike)65.00625.00650.001,700.00
1857 Penny N-4 Small Date, RB (Regular Strike)N/AN/A1,950.008,750.00
1857 Penny Small Date, RD (Regular Strike)N/AN/A3,750.007,250.00
1857 Penny N-1 Large Date, BN (Regular Strike)70.00510.00525.002,600.00
1857 Penny N-1 Large Date, RB (Regular Strike)N/AN/A575.005,500.00
1857 Penny Small Date, RB (Proof)N/AN/A5,000.0031,500.00
1857 Penny Small Date, RD (Proof)N/AN/A67,500.0067,500.00
1857 Penny N-5 Small Date, BN (Proof)N/AN/A5,500.0012,750.00
1857 Penny N-5 Small Date, RB (Proof)N/AN/A13,750.0013,750.00

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.

1857 Penny Small Date, 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 1857 Penny Small Date, RB (Regular Strike) coin across various grades from MS-60 to MS-66. The prices generally increase as the grade improves, with MS-65+ having the highest max price $5,287.50.

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 1857 Penny Small Date, RB (Regular Strike).

Auction House Comparison

The pie chart breaks down the market share of various auction houses for selling the 1857 Penny Small Date, RB (Regular Strike) coin. Heritage Auctions dominates with 50.91% share, followed by Stack's Bowers / Goldberg Auctioneers with 12.73% / 10.91% appearances respectively..

Price Trend Over Time

The graph presents a detailed analysis of the average annual auction sale price and frequency for the 1857 Penny Small Date, 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-63PCGSStack's Bowers1,140.0008/24/2023
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions1,920.0005/30/2023
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions2,400.0004/10/2023
MS-64PCGSDavid Lawrence RC2,105.0001/01/2023
MS-66PCGSStack's Bowers5,280.0012/21/2020
MS-65PCGSStack's Bowers4,560.0008/11/2020
MS-66NGCStack's Bowers2,880.0008/11/2020
MS-64PCGSStack's Bowers1,762.5008/01/2017
MS-65PCGSHeritage Auctions3,055.0001/04/2017
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions1,880.0009/07/2016
MS-63PCGSHeritage Auctions1,116.2504/27/2016
MS-65PCGSDavid Lawrence RC4,750.0004/24/2016
MS-63NGCGreat Collections660.0006/29/2014
MS-65+NGCHeritage Auctions2,820.0006/23/2014
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions2,350.0004/23/2014
MS-65+PCGSHeritage Auctions5,287.5002/27/2014
MS-65+NGCHeritage Auctions3,525.0012/05/2013
MS-64NGCStack's Bowers1,781.0004/16/2013
MS-64NGCHeritage Auctions1,880.0003/21/2013
MS-64NGCHeritage Auctions920.0007/12/2012
MS-64PCGSStack's Bowers3,163.0001/24/2012
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions4,025.0006/01/2011
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions2,070.0001/05/2011
MS-65+NGCHeritage Auctions1,783.0001/05/2011
MS-64PCGSBowers & Merena2,875.0001/03/2011
MS-65+NGCHeritage Auctions1,840.0002/03/2010
MS-64PCGSGoldberg Auctioneers2,875.0009/07/2009
MS-64PCGSGoldberg Auctioneers2,530.0009/07/2009
MS-64PCGSGoldberg Auctioneers4,485.0009/07/2009
MS-65+NGCHeritage Auctions2,013.0002/01/2009
MS-65+NGCHeritage Auctions3,220.0009/01/2008
MS-65+PCGSHeritage Auctions3,220.0009/01/2008
MS-65+NGCBowers & Merena1,495.0003/01/2007
MS-65+NGCBowers & Merena1,495.0003/01/2007
MS-60NONEGoldberg Auctioneers1,783.0002/07/2006
MS-64NGCHeritage Auctions805.0001/01/2006
MS-65+PCGSHeritage Auctions4,600.0001/01/2006
MS-65+NGCHeritage Auctions1,840.0007/27/2005
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions748.0006/02/2005
MS-63NONESuperior Galleries1,380.0009/01/2004
MS-65+NGCHeritage Auctions1,438.0005/05/2004
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions633.0002/04/2004
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions1,668.0007/26/2003
MS-65+NGCHeritage Auctions1,495.0005/01/2003
MS-64PCGSKingswood Galleries1,783.0008/08/2002
MS-65+PCGSHeritage Auctions1,265.0007/27/2002
MS-64NONESuperior Galleries1,035.0005/27/2001
MS-62NONEHeritage Auctions460.0005/01/2001
MS-63NGCGoldberg Auctioneers1,092.0002/16/2001
MS-65+NGCGoldberg Auctioneers1,495.0002/16/2001
MS-62NONEDavid Akers1,540.0010/01/1997
MS-60NONEBowers & Merena303.0011/01/1988