1854 Braided Hair (1839-1857) Large Cent, outline of ear clearly defined

Original sketches of engraver James B. Longacre's work reveal the slanting 5 was a peculiarity of his, visible in this 1854 Braided hair (1838-1857) final variety of the Large Cent. Large cents were abandoned after 1857, partially due to being unpopular after the mintage (1853) of subsidiary silver coins which brought about a reform of the copper coinage, and due to the law of 1857 were Spanish coins could be redeemed and melted in exchange for new small cents, and due to the decimal system becoming popular.