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 (photos), -7, -9, -11 and -13. In contrast, N-5, -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: 213
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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9/20/2015 MS 63  Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1224/Lot# 7053


Auction Prices Realized

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5/3/1999 PCGS MS 65   Brown Teletrade Auction 1159, 1159/Lot# 1013 $2,621.50
1/30/2006 NGC MS 61   Brown Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Online Session #391, 391/Lot# 28350 $488.75
2/26/2007 NGC MS 61   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 128, 133/Lot# 13 $690.00
2/1/2009 PCGS MS 66   Red Brown Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 473 $10,063.00
1/9/2013 PCGS AU 55   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 8213 $881.25
3/30/2014 PCGS AU 55   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 164833 $798.60
5/25/2014 NGC VG 10   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22009 $58.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base67131171220437874949102811731284142115051609179919282368300942177317781311
88144187292583899975107612101330144915401672184220752582341252507482781310
000000975107612101330144915401672184220752582341252507482781300
0000001002112512471375147715741736188522212795381462847648781300
1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8516321226851710101094118113401464161517071821202921712650334546467960848811
11117923135168110381123123413811514164617451890207623312882377957518136848810
0000001123123413811514164617451890207623312882377957518136848800
0000001152128714231565167617831960212424903113421268558312848800
1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333328843762072582099016582807443157477077256384772287744
333333398337498655756876121220413348486961901326432999610620
00000039833749865575687612122041334848696190132643299900
000000319338755969078893314352424388953086633194514036000
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Grade: AU 55 BN
Points: 1284
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
Grade: AU 53 BN
Points: 1173
Owner: mania
 
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