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Obverse of 1838 Large Cent     Reverse of 1838 Large Cent


1838 LARGE CENT

PCGS Nos: 1741, 1742, 1743, 1811, 1812

Mintage:

Circulation strikes:
6,370,200
Proofs: estimated 20

Designer: Robert Scot

Diameter: 28-29 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 168 grains (10.89 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (Philadelphia)

Images courtesy of Early American History Auctions

Varieties (15):
Newcomb 1 - Common
Newcomb 2 - Common
Newcomb 3 - Common
Newcomb 4 - Common
Newcomb 5 - Scarce
Newcomb 6 - Common
Newcomb 7 - Common
Newcomb 8 - Common
Newcomb 9  - Scarce
Newcomb 10 - Common
Newcomb 11 - Scarce
Newcomb 12 - Common
Newcomb 13 - Delisted
Newcomb 14 - Very Scarce
Newcomb 15 - Rare
Newcomb 16 - Rare


Recent appearances:
See variety listings

NGC MS-65 Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6572, not illustrated, sold for $586.50

NGC MS-64 Brown.  Ex-Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5868, not plated, sold for $345.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated Brown examples graded by PCGS are 7 MS-66BN's.

The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66RB.

The finest Uncirculated Red example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64RD.

The finest Proof Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65BN.

The finest Proof Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-65RB's. 

The finest Proof Red example graded by PCGS is a single PR-64.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"The Cent Book 1816-1839" by John D. Wright