Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,128,661
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.8900g
Diameter: 28-29mm
Edge: Plain
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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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1839 PETITE HEAD N-8 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 25.00 30.00 40.00 80.00 185 285 340 400 550 650 750 900 1675 2750 5500 9250 - - - -
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1839 PETITE HEAD N-8 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7000 18750 46000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 82
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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2/1/2009 PCGS MS 66   Brown Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 457 $7,188.00
5/19/2010 PCGS F 15   Brown Teletrade Auction 2857, 2857/Lot# 1005 $207.00
2/2/2012 NGC MS 62   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1167/Lot# 3093 $1,150.00
7/11/2013 NGC MS 62   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1187/Lot# 4711 $1,527.50
3/30/2014 PCGS XF 45   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 164835 $149.68
4/1/2014 PCGS XF 40   Brown Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7300 $117.50
8/5/2014 PCGS AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7069 $881.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 PETITE HEAD N-8 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base891021231633045867057938919901206133314501609225028853984499255638889963112228
9310913621039862673482692410621248137215031823246232514320518266729136104970
0000007348269241062124813721503182324623251432051826672913600
0000007648589571134129114111556203626733618465653737780938400
1839 PETITE HEAD N-8 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base243324952555261426772740281328853009303331033172339036203885443167809307804997821027512937
24542515257526352698276428372926301730563126324534673708406752147622930786279946111620
0000002837292630173056312632453467370840675214762293078627994600
00000028612968302530803149331735433797424959978465930792041011100
1839 PETITE HEAD N-8 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45047750251552755157559764268470574583892513452033321246465656167623114957195
45948550651953555958261265669171877686710651574242636904982935821557398310
0000005826126566917187768671065157424263690498293582155700
00000058962767069873180789612051803281941685319130602635300
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Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 3984
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: AU 55 BN
Points: 990
Owner: ozzie
 
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