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
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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: 6/17/2015

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1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 32.00 42.00 55.00 125 330 425 525 610 725 900 1100 1250 1850 3000 6250 24000 - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 212
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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5/19/1999 PCGS AU 50   Brown Teletrade Auction 1165, 1165/Lot# 1024 $185.30
1/23/2006 NGC AU 53   Brown Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Signature Auction #390, 390/Lot# 20140 $9,200.00
2/26/2007 NGC MS 61   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 128, 133/Lot# 13 $690.00
2/1/2009 PCGS MS 63   Brown Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 472 $1,380.00
7/1/2012 PCGS G 6   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/01/2012, 29/Lot# 60239 $40.85
8/8/2013 PCGS AU 55   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(6), 1188/Lot# 7086 $587.50
1/26/2014 NGC MS 66   Brown Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 801 $5,640.00
8/8/2014 NGC VF 35   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21061 $130.43


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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