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 SILLY HEAD 1C MS obverse 1839 SILLY HEAD 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The so-called Silly Head Cents (this colorful name was applied to them 150 years ago) are really just slightly modified versions of the Head of 38, yet they remain collectable as a distinctive subtype unique to this date. The most obvious change is the projecting lock of hair at Liberty's forehead.

There are only two marriages featuring this bust style. N-4 (photos) and N-9 share a common reverse die but have different obverse dies. The easiest way to tell them apart is the bisecting die crack that seems to be on every example of N-9. Both are common through MS BN, but coins having more than a trace of red color are rare.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/28/2017

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1839 SILLY HEAD 1C MS BN
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Base $ 38.00 50.00 65.00 125 310 455 550 665 850 950 1100 1250 1425 1950 3975 12000 - - - -
1839 SILLY HEAD 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 2850 4200 7700 - - - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 149
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 5/4/2021 1839 SILLY HEAD 1C MS BN
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Total-154271211451111231012121151---147
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1839 SILLY HEAD 1C MS RB
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1839 SILLY HEAD 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59123163201381774908101312061345147715051583179920092368326069517219749311
80136176261512819943107712521389148615311655186921292665449070407310749311
000000943107712521389148615311655186921292665449070407310749300
000000978114212991433149615571727193922482963572171307402749300
1839 SILLY HEAD 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base761552012484538981048116413791531167717071793202922592650361675707856814711
1021702173166019481087123614301580168717361872210623892972493476657953814711
0000001087123614301580168717361872210623892972493476657953814700
0000001125130714801628169717641950218225203294625277618050814700
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Grade: MS 64 BN
Points: 2368
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: MS 63 BN
Points: 2009
Owner: AKSHCC
 
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