– Flowing Hair Large Cent (1793 - 1796)

The Flowing Hair Large Cent, minted from 1793 to 1796, holds a significant place in American numismatic history as one of the earliest official coins issued by the United States Mint.  

This series of large cents, designed by Henry Voigt and Joseph Wright, represents the dawn of American coinage and reflects the aspirations of the newly formed nation. 

The obverse of the Flowing Hair Large Cent features a right-facing bust of Liberty with flowing hair, facing left, surrounded by the inscription "LIBERTY" and the date of mintage. 

The design is reminiscent of neoclassical artistic styles popular during the late 18th century, with a focus on classical motifs and idealized representations of Liberty. 

The reverse of the coin depicts a wreath composed of olive branches tied with a bow at the bottom, encircling the denomination "ONE CENT." This design symbolizes peace and prosperity, reflecting the hopes and aspirations of the young republic as it sought to establish its place in the world. 

The Flowing Hair Large Cent underwent several modifications during its production, including changes in the size and style of lettering, as well as alterations to the design elements.  

While the Flowing Hair Large Cent was eventually replaced by subsequent designs such as the Chain Cent and the Wreath Cent, it remains a prized collectible among numismatists and enthusiasts of American history.  

Surviving specimens of this coin serve as tangible artifacts of the nation's formative years, bearing witness to the ideals of liberty, democracy, and national identity that continue to resonate with collectors and historians alike. 

Examples in pristine condition with original packaging and certificates of authenticity can command premium prices in the numismatic market. Coins with deep cameo contrast and flawless surfaces are particularly desirable to collectors. 

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