History of 1793 Strawberry Leaf Flowing Hair Cent  

By: Mobin

The 1793 marked the historic debut of America's one cent denomination featuring Lady Liberty with long flowing hair.    

First Year Type

The "Strawberry Leaf" variety exhibits a floral sprig design below the date, contrasting other reverse types of that year.

Unique Variety  

Only an estimated 40-50 examples of the Strawberry Leaf variety are known to exist from an original mintage around just 250,000.   


An MS65 Brown example is the finest known and realized over $2 million at auction, setting a record for any circulated large cent.

Auction Record

The "strawberry leaf" comes from clashing of the dies early in the production sequence before cracks later developed.   


High demand and tiny populations cement the legendary status of the 1793 Strawberry Leaf cent as an extreme condition rarity.   

 Key Date

The 1793 Strawberry Leaf stands at the top of early copper collecting as a famous first year type with unique design elements.

Popular Typ

Rare Proof-Only 1866 Seated Liberty Half Dollar