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Obverse of 1840 Large Cent     Reverse of 1840 Large Cent


1840 LARGE CENT

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 2,462,700
Proofs: estimated 20

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 27 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 100%

Weight: 168 grains (10.89 grams)

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (Philadelphia)

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Varieties (11):
Newcomb 1 - Common
Newcomb 2 - Common
Newcomb 3 - Very Common
Newcomb 4 - Scarce
Newcomb 5 - Very Common
Newcomb 6 - Very Common
Newcomb 7 - Common
Newcomb 8 - Very Common
Newcomb 9 - Scarce
Newcomb 10 - Common
Newcomb 11 - Delisted
Newcomb 12 - Very Common
Newcomb 13 - Delisted

Significant examples:
PCGS Proof-63 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 280, "Newcomb-2, Small Date, Large 18", sold for $4,830.00

Recent appearances:
See individual variety listings

(illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection" Sale - Part 1, February 18-20, 2001

NGC MS-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 1344, illustrated, not sold

MS-62 Reverse lightly cleaned.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6647, "Large Date", not illustrated, not sold

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated "Large Date" Brown examples graded by PCGS are 8 MS-65BN's.  The finest Uncirculated "Large Date" Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-65RB's.The finest Uncirculated "Large Date" Red examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65RD's.

The finest Uncirculated "Small Date" Brown examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-64BN's. The finest Uncirculated "Small Date" Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-63RB.

The finest Uncirculated "Small/Large 18" Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-63BN.

The finest Proof "Small/Large 18" Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-64BN.  The finest Proof "Small/Large 18" Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-63RB.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"Attribution Guide For United States Large Cents 1840-1857", 2nd edition by J.R. Grellman and Jules Reiver