Coin Specifications

Category: Coronet Cents (1816-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.8900g
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: 2/23/2017

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1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 55.00 75.00 155 340 455 585 675 825 875 975 1250 1400 2050 3850 8500 25000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3500 5600 13500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 21000 39000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 236
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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11/3/2017 MS 65  Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2017 November 1 & 3 Eric P. Newman Collection Part IX US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1260/Lot# 15072


Auction Prices Realized

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8/22/1999 NGC MS 64   Brown Teletrade Auction 1201, 1201/Lot# 1010 $1,026.00
1/23/2006 NGC AU 55   Brown Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Signature Auction #390, 390/Lot# 20134 $402.50
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# 450 $5,175.00
4/28/2013 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/28/2013, 72/Lot# 112464 $75.90
5/25/2014 NGC VG 10   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3483, 6032/Lot# 22009 $58.75
6/3/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Brown Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3433 $317.25
12/3/2015 PCGS AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1227/Lot# 7068 $763.75
1/6/2016 PCGS MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(2), 1231/Lot# 3651 $4,230.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 1C MS BOOBY HEAD Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base67131171220437874949102811731284142115051609179919282368300942177317781311
88144187292583899975107612101330144915401672184220752582341252507482781310
000000975107612101330144915401672184220752582341252507482781300
0000001002112512471375147715741736188522212795381462847648781300
1839 1C MS BOOBY HEAD Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8516321226851710101094118113401464161517071821202921712650334546467960848811
11117923135168110381123123413811514164617451890207623312882377957518136848810
0000001123123413811514164617451890207623312882377957518136848800
0000001152128714231565167617831960212424903113421268558312848800
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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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