Coin Specifications

Category: Coronet Head 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: 7/31/2019

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1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 60.00 75.00 155 340 455 585 675 825 875 975 1250 1400 2050 3850 8500 25000 - - -
1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3500 5600 13500 - - - - -
1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 21000 39000 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 268
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base286831112610112421-171918271761---263
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Total286831112610112421-171918271761---263
 1%3%2%3%12%4%10%4%4%9%8%-6%7%7%10%6%2%0%--- 
1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1--11---3
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Total--------------1--11---3
 --------------33%--33%33%--- 
1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------11----2
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Total----------------11----2
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base67131171220437874949102811731284142115051609179919282368300942177317781311
88144187292583899975107612101330144915401672184220752582341252507482781311
000000975107612101330144915401672184220752582341252507482781300
0000001002112512471375147715741736188522212795381462847648781300
1839 BOOBY HEAD 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8516321226851710101094118113401464161517071821202921712650334546467960848811
11117923135168110381123123413811514164617451890207623312882377957518136848811
0000001123123413811514164617451890207623312882377957518136848800
0000001152128714231565167617831960212424903113421268558312848800
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Grade: MS 64 BN
Points: 2368
Owner: Dynasty
 
Grade: AU 58 BN
Points: 1421
Owner: jkwow1
 
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