Coin Specifications

Category: Coronet Cents (1816-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Catalog: KM-45
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.89 Grams
Diameter: 28-29mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS obverse 1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The whimsical name Booby Head was applied to cents of this bust type during the 1850s or '60s, when collecting the disappearing large cents first became popular. It is easily recognized by Liberty's exposed shoulder. This is the most plentiful subtype of 1839 cents, encompassing nine die marriages.

Common varieties for this bust include N-6, -7, -9, -11 and -13. In contrast, N-5 (photos), -10, -12 and -14 are scarce. N-15, unknown during Newcomb's lifetime, is genuinely rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/14/2014

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1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 32.00 42.00 55.00 120 290 290 425 500 585 700 775 875 1050 1225 1750 3000 5750 24000 - - -
$ 325 460 550 640 775 850 975 1150 1500 1950 3250 8000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 205
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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6/22/2005 PCGS MS 63   Brown Teletrade Auction 2056, 2056/Lot# 1006 $907.50
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 65   Brown Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 1515 $3,335.00
5/29/2007 NGC MS 61   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 145, 150/Lot# 28 $695.75
4/28/2010 PCGS AU 50   Brown Heritage Auctions 2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139, 1139/Lot# 7152 $488.75
10/13/2011 NGC MS 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(1), 1160/Lot# 3068 $977.50
12/15/2013 PCGS Genuine G   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 157640 $16.00
2/27/2014 NGC AU 53   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(5), 1203/Lot# 7096 $558.13
3/16/2014 NGC Details XF Details  Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131412/Lot# 22067 $157.45


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base34159761632883814635325756356746957358201021147722684736749311
1547641052043194084865465956486817087638871173174030905655749310
0000004084865465956486817087638871173174030905655749300
0000004355095606156616887217919541325200439136574749300
1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base34567851793143984775465916556957358119581213175326993230445311
17527311622434242450056161266870876086010431393206828763637445310
00000042450056161266870876086010431393206828763637445300
00000045052357663368172178590911281573238330534045445300
1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333328843762072582099016582807443157477077256384772287744
333333398337498655756876121220413348486961901326432999610620
00000039833749865575687612122041334848696190132643299900
000000319338755969078893314352424388953086633194514036000
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Grade: AU 55 BN
Points: 575
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
Grade: AU 53 BN
Points: 532
Owner: mania
 
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