Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Catalog: KM-45
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.89 Grams
Diameter: 28-29mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1839 PETITE HEAD N-8 1C MS obverse 1839 PETITE HEAD N-8 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The final cent subtype introduced during 1839 featured this style known as the Petite Head. It is the first version of what is known overall as the Braided Hair type, and N-8 is the sole die marriage to employ this bust style during 1839.

The Petite Head carried on into 1840 and remained the sole type used through 1842. The reverse die of N-8 features noticeably smaller lettering than on previous issues and is also transitional in style with 1840-42.

N-8 is a very common variety, but it nevertheless draws some premium as the only Petite Head cent of 1839. MS BN coins exist in the few dozens, but those having more than partial red color are rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/14/2014

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1839 PETITE HEAD N-8 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 23.00 27.00 35.00 70.00 155 155 260 300 375 450 550 700 800 1050 2150 4000 8000 - - - -
$ 180 285 335 400 500 650 800 900 1200 2350 5000 9000 - -
1839 PETITE HEAD N-8 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6750 9750 41000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 8000 20000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 66
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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2/1/2009 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 458 $6,038.00
8/23/2010 PCGS F 15   Brown Teletrade Auction 2911, 2911/Lot# 1006 $161.00
9/7/2011 NGC MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1159/Lot# 3063 $4,887.50
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1175/Lot# 3133 $11,750.00
1/10/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 January 10 The Adam Mervis Large Cent Collection FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1200/Lot# 2223 $17,625.00
4/1/2014 PCGS   Brown Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7302 $258.50
7/13/2014 PCGS   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/13/2014, 203/Lot# 206196 $29.08


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 PETITE HEAD N-8 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7681891192342984505465755977548389251233141626653113464655638889963112228
77839915725534848255558264978286710271294183228143624495166719136104960
0000004825555826497828671027129418322814362449516671913600
0000005145655897018108961130135522482963413552577780938300
1839 PETITE HEAD N-8 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base24012464252525942660272927992870294330163092316733823607384440926779763880498476919211704
24222484254826162683275228222894296730413117323834573686392649877065777581918714100290
0000002822289429673041311732383457368639264987706577758191871400
0000002846291829913066314233103532376540095883735179128333895300
1839 PETITE HEAD N-8 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45047750251552755157559764268470574583892513452033321246465656167623114957195
45948550651953555958261265669171877686710651574242636904982935821557398310
0000005826126566917187768671065157424263690498293582155700
00000058962767069873180789612051803281941685319130602635300
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Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 3113
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
Grade: AU 55 BN
Points: 597
Owner: ozzie
 
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