What is the value of a 1793 US large cent?
There were several varieties of large cent minted in 1793 and all are considered to be quite rare. Make sure your coin doesn't have the word COPY worked into the design in small letters, which would indicate it's a modern replica.
If the word COPY isn't on your coin, it should be inspected by a professional dealer or appraiser. Depending on variety and condition, retail prices as of 10/2010 can start at $1300 or so, and run all the way up to over a million dollars.
You may want to review your coin again - the US Treasury did not mint its frst cent until 1793 (Flowing Hair Large cent, Chain Reverse), followed by the Liberty Cap Large cent (1793-1796). You may have a Treasury medallion. These are struck on cent blanks and have been included in US coin sets for many years. There's one for each Mint. They have no special value because they're the same each year.
The US Large Cent was first struck in 1793 under the authority of the United States Govenrment. These coins were minted every year from 1793 through 1857 with the exception of 1815 when a copper shortage prevented production. The large size of these cents was a result of laws which required the cent to be twice the weight of a half cent. By 1857 the cost of producing large copper coins had risen. The result…
The US did not mint any large cents in 1949, large cents were only minted until 1857. If you have a small wheat cent dated 1949, it is a common issue and goes for about $.10 in circulated grades regardless of the mintmark. If you have a large cent, the value depends greatly on the condition, with ones in the late 1840s to mid 1850s fetching around $15 in circulated grades. However, as with all…
The US has minted 1¢ coins since 1793, and at 3 different mints so there are many hundreds of different possibilities. Please post a new, separate question with the coin's date. Alternately, look for questions phrased "What is the value of a <date> US cent?", e.g. "What is the value of a 1927 US cent?" Nearly every date has been asked about and answered.
Of course, all US (federal) bills and coins are legal tender, a 1793 chain cent is still legal tender as is a cent minted in 2013. Since 1992 bills/coins haven't been changed significantly enough to warrant collector value (or bullion value) beyond face value so they are still in widespread circulation.
The first two coins made by The United States Mint and released for circulation were the 1793 Liberty Cap half cent with the head facing left and the 1793 Flowing Hair, Head right, chain reverse Large Cent. The first coins issued by the authority of the United States were the "Fugio" coppers in 1787.