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Obverse of 1839 Large Cent - Newcomb 14     Reverse of 1839 Large Cent - Newcomb 14


1839 LARGE CENT

Mintage:
Circulation strikes:
3,128,661 (includes one Braided Hair variety)
Proofs: None reported or known

Designer: Robert Scot, modified by Christian Gobrecht.  The obverse of the one Braided Hair variety of this year was by Gobrecht.

Diameter: 28-29 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 168 grains (10.89 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (Philadelphia)

1839 Large Cent - Newcomb 14
Images courtesy of John D. Wright

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


Recent appearances:
See variety listings

MS-65 Brown.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6646, "Silly Head", illustrated, sold for $3220.00

PCGS VG-10.  Ex-Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5869, "1839/6", not plated, sold for $345.00

Notes:
The finest "Head of 1838" Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67BN.

The finest "Head of 1838" Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-65RB's.

The finest "Silly" Brown examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-66BN's.

The finest "Silly" Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65RB.

The finest "Silly" Red example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66RD.

The finest "Booby" Brown examples graded by PCGS are 8 MS-65BN's.

The finest "Booby" Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-65RB's.

The finest "Booby" Red examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-64RD's.

The finest "1839/6" Brown example graded by PCGS is a single EF-45BN.

The finest Braided Hair "Type 1840" Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65BN's.

The finest Braided Hair "Type 1840" Red-Brown example graded by PCGS are 2 MS-64RB's.

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