Coin Specifications

Category: Coronet Head Cents (1816-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,128,661
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.8900g
Diameter: 28-29mm
Edge: Plain
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1839 HEAD OF 38 1C MS obverse 1839 HEAD OF 38 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

No fewer than five bust styles were employed for 1839's cent production, as Christian Gobrecht continued to tweak the nation's coinage across all denominations. Only two of the 1838 die marriages featured the Head of 38 used previously in 1837-38 (N-2 is shown). These each utilized separate die pairs and are rather common up through MS BN, with a few MS RB examples known, as well.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/26/2019

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1839 HEAD OF 38 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 34.00 52.00 70.00 110 220 335 360 400 450 540 620 750 1050 1900 2800 6700 13000 - - -
$ 240 - - - - - - - - 2300 - 10000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 125
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/14/2021 1839 HEAD OF 38 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--5515312871015-597910-----120
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Total--5515312871015-5971010-----121
 --4%4%12%2%10%7%6%8%12%-4%7%6%8%8%----- 
1839 HEAD OF 38 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------221----5
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Total---------------221----5
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 HEAD OF 38 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4194143201268450563774865933101311381206127117532197280738174744749311
59110162223329488633804888960105511611228143219012400314441265660749311
000000633804888960105511611228143219012400314441265660749300
000000704835910986109611831249159220492604348044356577749300
1839 HEAD OF 38 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base541191791983235346618989991075116413031379145019802464312642175212814711
7613918524039357674093210241105121013281403162721412685349045496190814711
00000074093210241105121013281403162721412685349045496190814700
00000081996510501134125713541426180323032905385348807169814700
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Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 2908
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: FINE Details
Points: 101
Owner: jtbundy
 
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