As of May, 2024, a 1803 Penny S-253 Sm Date, Sm Frac, BN in circulated condition is worth between $75.00 and $2,000.00, while an uncirculated specimen can be valued between $13,500.00 and $41,000.00, 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 $29,375.00 in the 06/23/2014 by renowned auctioneer Heritage Auctions, showcasing the allure of top-tier rarities.

Designer: Robert Scot
Edge: Plain
Diameter: 28.00 millimeters
Weight: 10.89 grams
Mintage: 3,131,691
Mint: Philadelphia
Metal: Copper
Series: Draped Bust Cents 1796-1807

1803 Penny S-253 Sm Date, Sm Frac, Bn (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 State13,500.0041,000.0025,000.00
About Uncirculated2,000.002,000.002,000.00
Extremely Fine1,600.001,800.001,716.67
Fine and Very Fine325.00950.00600.00
Good and Very Good125.00220.00165.00
Poor, Fair, and About Good75.0075.0075.00

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 1803 Draped Bust 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($)Max Uncirculated Price($)
1803 Penny Small Date, Small Fraction, BN (Regular Strike)75.007,500.008,000.0057,500.00
1803 Penny Small Date, Sm Frac, RB (Regular Strike)N/AN/A22,500.00140,000.00
1803 Penny Small Date, Large Fraction, BN (Regular Strike)100.006,750.007,250.0057,500.00
1803 Penny Small Date, Lg Frac, RB (Regular Strike)N/AN/A7,500.00285,000.00
1803 Penny Large Date, Small Fraction, BN (Regular Strike)5,500.0092,500.00N/AN/A
1803 Penny Large Date, Large Fraction, BN (Regular Strike)70.0041,500.00N/AN/A
1803 Penny 100/000, BN (Regular Strike)60.0011,500.0013,000.0067,500.00
1803 Penny No Stems, BN (Regular Strike)175.0011,000.0011,500.0045,000.00
1803 Penny Small Date, Sm Frac, RD (Regular Strike)N/AN/A72,500.0072,500.00
1803 Penny S-246 Sm Date, Sm Frac, BN (Regular Strike)125.003,500.00N/AN/A
1803 Penny S-251 Sm Date, Sm Frac, BN (Regular Strike)125.005,750.006,500.0026,000.00
1803 Penny S-252 Sm Date, Sm Frac, BN (Regular Strike)125.004,500.008,000.008,000.00
1803 Penny S-248 Sm Date, Sm Frac, BN (Regular Strike)1,000.005,600.00N/AN/A
1803 Penny S-254 Sm Date, Sm Frac, BN (Regular Strike)125.005,750.0012,500.0026,000.00
1803 Penny S-258 Sm Date, Lg Frac, BN (Regular Strike)75.005,750.006,500.0038,500.00
1803 Penny Sheldon 259, BN (Regular Strike)85.004,700.0031,000.0031,000.00
1803 Penny S-255 Sm Date, Sm Frac, BN (Regular Strike)125.005,750.006,500.0019,000.00
1803 Penny S-260 Sm Date, Lg Frac, BN (Regular Strike)125.005,750.006,500.0019,000.00
1803 Penny S-261 Sm Date, Lg Frac, BN (Regular Strike)75.005,750.006,500.0012,500.00
1803 Penny S-257 Sm Date, Lg Frac, BN (Regular Strike)75.005,750.006,500.0020,000.00
1803 Penny Sheldon 262, BN (Regular Strike)850.008,750.00N/AN/A
1803 Penny S-257 Sm Date, Lg Frac, RB (Regular Strike)N/AN/A300,000.00300,000.00
1803 Penny Sheldon-264, BN (Regular Strike)4,500.0085,000.00N/AN/A
1803 Penny S-249 100/000, BN (Regular Strike)105.009,500.0013,000.0067,500.00
1803 Penny S-243 No Stems, BN (Regular Strike)167.006,350.007,250.0045,000.00
1803 Penny S-243 No Stems, RB (Regular Strike)N/AN/A42,500.00150,000.00

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.

1803 Penny S-253 Sm Date, Sm Frac, Bn (Regular Strike) – Auction Chart & Report

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Grade Impact Analysis

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

The chart shows the min and max prices for the 1803 Penny S-253 Sm Date, Sm Frac, BN (Regular Strike) coin across various grades from PO-1 to MS-65+. The prices generally increase as the grade improves, with MS-65+ having the highest max price $29,375.00.

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 1803 Penny S-253 Sm Date, Sm Frac, BN (Regular Strike).

Auction House Comparison

The pie chart breaks down the market share of various auction houses for selling the 1803 Penny S-253 Sm Date, Sm Frac, BN (Regular Strike) coin. Heritage Auctions dominates with 61.54% share, followed by Goldberg Auctioneers / Stack's Bowers with 30.77% / 7.69% appearances respectively..

Price Trend Over Time

The graph presents a detailed analysis of the average annual auction sale price and frequency for the 1803 Penny S-253 Sm Date, Sm Frac, BN (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
VF-20PCGSStack's Bowers408.0008/10/2023
AU-58PCGSGoldberg Auctioneers6,000.0002/19/2020
MS-60PCGSHeritage Auctions3,120.0002/03/2019
AU-50PCGSStack's Bowers5,040.0008/22/2018
XF-40PCGSHeritage Auctions456.0008/19/2018
F-12PCGSHeritage Auctions84.0008/01/2018
XF-40PCGSHeritage Auctions336.0002/20/2018
VF-20PCGSHeritage Auctions132.0001/30/2018
XF-45+PCGSHeritage Auctions1,440.0009/07/2017
MS-62+PCGSGoldberg Auctioneers9,988.0002/01/2016
VG-8NGCHeritage Auctions65.0011/14/2014
VG-10NGCHeritage Auctions164.5011/14/2014
VG-8NGCHeritage Auctions62.0011/14/2014
MS-65+PCGSHeritage Auctions29,375.0006/23/2014
VF-30ANACSHeritage Auctions441.0009/25/2013
PO-1PCGSHeritage Auctions306.0009/25/2013
AG-3PCGSHeritage Auctions52.0008/26/2013
VF-35NGCHeritage Auctions1,410.0009/06/2012
PO-1NGCHeritage Auctions115.0004/18/2012
VF-20NONEGoldberg Auctioneers334.0002/01/2012
VF-20ANACSHeritage Auctions104.0007/07/2011
VG-8NONEGoldberg Auctioneers63.0002/03/2011
XF-40NONEGoldberg Auctioneers3,335.0009/07/2009
VG-10NONEGoldberg Auctioneers242.0009/07/2009
VG-10NONEGoldberg Auctioneers161.0002/13/2008
G-7NONEGoldberg Auctioneers115.0002/13/2008