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Obverse of 1841 Large Cent     Reverse of 1841 Large Cent


PCGS Nos: 1832, 1833, 1844, 1952, 1953, 1954

Circulation strikes:
Proofs: est. 30

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 27 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 168 grains (10.89 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions
ex Jerry S. Benson collection, PCGS PR-66 Brown

Varieties (7):
Newcomb 1
Newcomb 2 - Common
Newcomb 3 - Common
Newcomb 4 - Very Common
Newcomb 5 - Scarce
Newcomb 6 - Very Common
Newcomb 7 - Common

Significant examples:
see the individual variety

Recent appearances:
see the individual variety

Although common in circulated grades, the 1841 Large Cent becomes quite scarce in Uncirculated conditions and very rare as a Proof.  Most Uncirculated examples seen have only partial mint red color; full red examples are virtually impossible to find.  As of October 2003, the finest examples graded by PCGS were 2 MS-65BN's, a single MS-65RB, and a single MS-64 Red (the only Red example certified by PCGS in any grade).

Proofs are more "common" than has been generally believed in the past, but they are still very difficult to obtain.  As of October 2003, PCGS had graded 23 examples, the finest of which were a single PR-66BN, 2 PR-65RB's, and 3 PR-64RD's.  The example pictured above is the finest 1841 Large Cent certified by PCGS as either a circulation strike or a Proof.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Attribution Guide For United States Large Cents 1840-1857", 2nd edition by J.R. Grellman and Jules Reiver

"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service