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Coronet Head Cents (1816-1839)

The copper cents of 1793-1857 were the first United States coins to attract the attention of collectors in this country. Hobbyists both casual and serious were assembling date sets by the mid-19th Century, and this activity grew exponentially after the series’ demise in 1857. By that time numismatists had become aware of the many varieties that resulted from the use of hand tools in completing each die, and large cents were also the first United States coins to be sought extensively by varieties. A number of books and monographs were published over the years describing and classifying these varieties, though all have since been superseded by the references named below.

While the number of persons collecting large cents by date has likely declined in favor of type collecting, the intensity and competition among variety specialists has grown steadily. The traditional favorites remain the early cents of 1793-1814, but the middle dates of 1816-39 now command much greater attention than in previous generations. Due to greater standardization in the die sinking process after 1839, the late dates through 1857 are far more difficult to attribute by varieties, and this has limited their popularity to the most dedicated and patient of collectors. Still, the rare varieties are prized, particularly in the higher grades.

NGC will assign Newcomb (N) numbers to all cents from 1816 through 1839. Howard Newcomb’s numbers begin anew with each date. In other words, the first variety for each date is N-1, followed by N-2, N-3, etc. While Newcomb’s numbering system is still the standard, his book has been superseded for the dates 1816-39 by the second volume of Noyes’ attribution reference, as well as by a similarly excellent book by John D. Wright.



Denom.MS/PFDateFee*NGC Label
1CMS1816 $15N-1
1CMS1816 $15N-2
1CMS1816 $15N-3
1CMS1816 $15N-4
1CMS1816 $15N-5
1CMS1816 $15N-6
1CMS1816 $15N-7
1CMS1816 $15N-8
1CMS1816 $15N-9
1CMS1817 15 STARS$15N-16
1CMS1817 $15N-1
1CMS1817 $15N-2
1CMS1817 $15N-3
1CMS1817 $15N-4
1CMS1817 $15N-5
1CMS1817 $15N-6
1CMS1817 $15N-7
1CMS1817 $15N-8
1CMS1817 $15N-9
1CMS1817 $15N-10
1CMS1817 $15N-11
1CMS1817 $15N-12
1CMS1817 $15N-13
1CMS1817 $15N-14
1CMS1817 $15N-15
1CMS1817 $15N-17
1CMS1818 $15N-1
1CMS1818 $15N-2
1CMS1818 $15N-3
1CMS1818 $15N-4
1CMS1818 $15N-5
1CMS1818 $15N-6
1CMS1818 $15N-7
1CMS1818 $15N-8
1CMS1818 $15N-9
1CMS1818 $15N-10
1CMS1819/8 -
1CMS1819/8 LARGE DATE$15N-1
1CMS1819/8 LARGE DATE$15N-2
1CMS1819 SMALL DATE$15N-3
1CMS1819 SMALL DATE$15N-4
1CMS1819 SMALL DATE$15N-5
1CMS1819 SMALL DATE$15N-6
1CMS1819 SMALL DATE$15N-7
1CMS1819 SMALL DATE$15N-8
1CMS1819 SMALL DATE$15N-9
1CMS1819 SMALL DATE$15N-10
1CMS1820/19 -
1CMS1820 2/1 LARGE DATE$15N-1
1CMS1820/19 SMALL DATE$15N-2
1CMS1820/19 SMALL DATE$15N-3
1CMS1820 LARGE DATE$15N-9
1CMS1820 LARGE DATE$15N-10
1CMS1820 LARGE DATE$15N-11
1CMS1820 LARGE DATE$15N-12
1CMS1820 LARGE DATE$15N-13
1CMS1820 LARGE DATE$15N-14
1CMS1820 SMALL DATE$15N-4
1CMS1820 SMALL DATE$15N-5
1CMS1820 SMALL DATE$15N-6
1CMS1820 SMALL DATE$15N-7
1CMS1820 SMALL DATE$15N-8
1CMS1820 SMALL DATE$15N-15
1CMS1821 $15N-1
1CMS1821 $15N-2
1CMS1822 $15N-1
1CMS1822 $15N-2
1CMS1822 $15N-3
1CMS1822 $15N-4
1CMS1822 $15N-5
1CMS1822 $15N-6
1CMS1822 $15N-7
1CMS1822 $15N-8
1CMS1822 $15N-9
1CMS1822 $15N-10
1CMS1822 $15N-11
1CMS1822 $15N-12
1CMS1822 $15N-13
1CMS1822 $15N-14
1CMS1823 -N-2
1CMS1823/2 -N-1
1CMS1823 COPPER RESTRIKE-
1CMS1824/2 -
1CMS1824/2 $15N-1
1CMS1824/2 $15N-5
1CMS1824 $15N-2
1CMS1824 $15N-3
1CMS1824 $15N-4
1CMS1825 $15N-1
1CMS1825 $15N-2
1CMS1825 $15N-3
1CMS1825 $15N-4
1CMS1825 $15N-5
1CMS1825 $15N-6
1CMS1825 $15N-7
1CMS1825 $15N-8
1CMS1825 $15N-9
1CMS1825 $15N-10
1CMS1826/5 $15N-8
1CMS1826 $15N-1
1CMS1826 $15N-3
1CMS1826 $15N-4
1CMS1826 $15N-5
1CMS1826 $15N-6
1CMS1826 $15N-7
1CMS1826 $15N-9
1CMS1827 $15N-1
1CMS1827 $15N-2
1CMS1827 $15N-3
1CMS1827 $15N-4
1CMS1827 $15N-5
1CMS1827 $15N-6
1CMS1827 $15N-7
1CMS1827 $15N-8
1CMS1827 $15N-9
1CMS1827 $15N-10
1CMS1827 $15N-11
1CMS1827 $15N-12
1CMS1828 LARGE DATE$15N-1
1CMS1828 LARGE DATE$15N-2
1CMS1828 LARGE DATE$15N-3
1CMS1828 LARGE DATE$15N-4
1CMS1828 LARGE DATE$15N-5
1CMS1828 LARGE DATE$15N-6
1CMS1828 LARGE DATE$15N-7
1CMS1828 LARGE DATE$15N-8
1CMS1828 LARGE DATE$15N-9
1CMS1828 LARGE DATE$15N-11
1CMS1828 LARGE DATE$15N-12
1CMS1828 SMALL DATE$15N-10
1CMS1829 LARGE LETTERS$15N-1
1CMS1829 LARGE LETTERS$15N-2
1CMS1829 LARGE LETTERS$15N-4
1CMS1829 LARGE LETTERS$15N-6
1CMS1829 LARGE LETTERS$15N-7
1CMS1829 LARGE LETTERS$15N-8
1CMS1829 MEDIUM LETTERS$15N-3
1CMS1829 MEDIUM LETTERS$15N-5
1CMS1829 MEDIUM LETTERS$15N-9
1CMS1830 LARGE LETTERS$15N-1
1CMS1830 LARGE LETTERS$15N-2
1CMS1830 LARGE LETTERS$15N-3
1CMS1830 LARGE LETTERS$15N-4
1CMS1830 LARGE LETTERS$15N-5
1CMS1830 LARGE LETTERS$15N-7
1CMS1830 LARGE LETTERS$15N-8
1CMS1830 LARGE LETTERS$15N-9
1CMS1830 LARGE LETTERS$15N-10
1CMS1830 LARGE LETTERS$15N-11
1CMS1830 MEDIUM LETTERS$15N-6
1CMS1831 LARGE LETTERS$15N-1
1CMS1831 LARGE LETTERS$15N-6
1CMS1831 LARGE LETTERS$15N-7
1CMS1831 LARGE LETTERS$15N-8
1CMS1831 LARGE LETTERS$15N-9
1CMS1831 LARGE LETTERS$15N-10
1CMS1831 LARGE LETTERS$15N-12
1CMS1831 LARGE LETTERS$15N-14
1CMS1831 MEDIUM LETTERS$15N-2
1CMS1831 MEDIUM LETTERS$15N-3
1CMS1831 MEDIUM LETTERS$15N-4
1CMS1831 MEDIUM LETTERS$15N-5
1CMS1831 MEDIUM LETTERS$15N-11
1CMS1832 LARGE LETTERS$15N-3
1CMS1832 MEDIUM LETTERS$15N-1
1CMS1832 MEDIUM LETTERS$15N-2
1CMS1833 $15N-1
1CMS1833 $15N-2
1CMS1833 $15N-3
1CMS1833 $15N-4
1CMS1833 $15N-5
1CMS1833 $15N-6
1CMS1834 LG 8 LG ST LG LET$15N-6
1CMS1834 LG 8 LG ST MED LET$15N-5
1CMS1834 LG 8 SM ST MED LET$15N-3
1CMS1834 LG 8 SM ST MED LET$15N-4
1CMS1834 SM 8 LG ST MED LET$15N-1
1CMS1834 SM 8 LG ST MED LET$15N-2
1CMS1835 LARGE 8 HEAD OF 34$15N-1
1CMS1835 LARGE 8 HEAD OF 34$15N-9
1CMS1835 SMALL 8 HEAD OF 34$15N-2
1CMS1835 SMALL 8 HEAD OF 34$15N-3
1CMS1835 SMALL 8 HEAD OF 34$15N-4
1CMS1835 SMALL 8 HEAD OF 34$15N-5
1CMS1835 SMALL 8 HEAD OF 34$15N-6
1CMS1835 SMALL 8 HEAD OF 34$15N-10
1CMS1835 SMALL 8 HEAD OF 34$15N-11
1CMS1835 SMALL 8 HEAD OF 34$15N-12
1CMS1835 SMALL 8 HEAD OF 34$15N-13
1CMS1835 SMALL 8 HEAD OF 34$15N-18
1CMS1835 HEAD OF 36$15N-7
1CMS1835 HEAD OF 36$15N-8
1CMS1835 HEAD OF 36$15N-14
1CMS1835 HEAD OF 36$15N-15
1CMS1835 HEAD OF 36$15N-16
1CMS1835 HEAD OF 36$15N-19
1CMS1836 $15N-1
1CMS1836 $15N-2
1CMS1836 $15N-3
1CMS1836 $15N-4
1CMS1836 $15N-5
1CMS1836 $15N-6
1CMS1836 $15N-7
1CMS1837 MED LET HEAD OF 36$15N-1
1CMS1837 MED LET HEAD OF 36$15N-2
1CMS1837 MED LET HEAD OF 36$15N-3
1CMS1837 MED LET HEAD OF 36$15N-4
1CMS1837 MED LET HEAD OF 36$15N-6
1CMS1837 MED LET HEAD OF 36$15N-8
1CMS1837 MED LET HEAD OF 36$15N-13
1CMS1837 MED LET HEAD OF 36$15N-14
1CMS1837 MED LET HEAD OF 36$15N-15
1CMS1837 MED LET HEAD OF 36$15N-16
1CMS1837 MED LET HEAD OF 36$15N-17
1CMS1837 SM LET HEAD OF 36$15N-5
1CMS1837 HEAD OF 38$15N-9
1CMS1837 HEAD OF 38$15N-10
1CMS1837 HEAD OF 38$15N-11
1CMS1837 HEAD OF 38$15N-12
1CMS1838 $15N-1
1CMS1838 $15N-2
1CMS1838 $15N-3
1CMS1838 $15N-4
1CMS1838 $15N-5
1CMS1838 $15N-6
1CMS1838 $15N-7
1CMS1838 $15N-8
1CMS1838 $15N-9
1CMS1838 $15N-10
1CMS1838 $15N-11
1CMS1838 $15N-12
1CMS1838 $15N-14
1CMS1838 $15N-15
1CMS1838 $15N-16
1CMS1839/6 HEAD OF 36-N-1
1CMS1839 HEAD OF 38-
1CMS1839 HEAD OF 38$15N-2
1CMS1839 HEAD OF 38$15N-3
1CMS1839 SILLY HEAD-
1CMS1839 SILLY HEAD$15N-4
1CMS1839 SILLY HEAD$15N-9
1CMS1839 BOOBY HEAD-
1CMS1839 BOOBY HEAD$15N-5
1CMS1839 BOOBY HEAD$15N-6
1CMS1839 BOOBY HEAD$15N-7
1CMS1839 BOOBY HEAD$15N-10
1CMS1839 BOOBY HEAD$15N-11
1CMS1839 BOOBY HEAD$15N-12
1CMS1839 BOOBY HEAD$15N-13
1CMS1839 BOOBY HEAD$15N-14
1CMS1839 BOOBY HEAD$15N-15
1CPF1823/2 -N-1
1CPF1834 LG 8 SM ST MED LET$15N-3
1CPF1834 LG 8 LG ST LG LET$15N-7
1CPF1837 HEAD OF 36$15
1CPF1837 HEAD OF 38$15


* In order to have the above varieties requiring the $15 fee designated by NGC, VarietyPlus service must be requested at time of grading. VarietyPlus service is also available for coins already encapsulated by NGC. For coins where the fee column is blank, no VarietyPlus charge is required to have your coin designated during grading. For coins marked $15, a $15 surcharge applies to the tier fee during grading, or a $15 fee applies to have the VarietyPlus designation added to any coin already graded and encapsulated by NGC.
References:
Newcomb, Howard R. United States Copper Cents 1816-1857. Quarterman Publications, Lawrence, MA, 1981
Noyes, William C. United States Large Cents 1793-1814. Published by the author, 1991
Wright, John D. The Cent Book 1816-1839. Published by the author, 1992