Coin Specifications

Category: Coronet Cents (1816-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Catalog: KM-45
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.89g
Diameter: 28-29mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 4/5/2016

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1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 35.00 45.00 65.00 130 350 430 535 625 800 850 975 1150 1400 1950 3400 9000 24000 - - -
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1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3400 6750 13500 - - - - -
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1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 21000 39000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 224
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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6/18/2001 NGC MS 63   Brown Teletrade Auction 1449, 1449/Lot# 1035 $763.00
1/23/2006 NGC AU 50   Brown Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Signature Auction #390, 390/Lot# 20136 $2,530.00
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 65   Brown Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 1515 $3,335.00
5/29/2007 NGC MS 61   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 145, 150/Lot# 28 $695.75
2/1/2009 PCGS MS 66   Brown Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 453 $3,680.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2104 $4,025.00
4/28/2013 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/28/2013, 72/Lot# 112464 $75.90
1/10/2014 NGC MS 66   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 January 10 The Adam Mervis Large Cent Collection FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1200/Lot# 2222 $4,993.75
1/26/2014 PCGS G 6   Brown Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 804 $446.50


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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