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Obverse of 1843 Large Cent     Reverse of 1843 Large Cent


  

1843 LARGE CENT

Mintage:
Circulation strikes: 2,425,342
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 (15):
Newcomb 1Delisted
Newcomb 2 - Common
Newcomb 3 - Scarce
Newcomb 4 - Very Common
Newcomb 5 - Common
Newcomb 6 - Very Common
Newcomb 7Delisted
Newcomb 8 - Common
Newcomb 9 - Common
Newcomb 10 - Scarce
Newcomb 11 - Common
Newcomb 12 - Common
Newcomb 13Delisted
Newcomb 14 - known only as Proofs
Newcomb 15 - Scarce
Newcomb 16 - Very Scarce
Newcomb 17 - Very Rare
Newcomb 18

Significant examples:
See individual variety listings

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

MS-64 Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2618, "N-27, Petite", sold for $345.00

MS-63 Red and Brown.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6648, "Mature Head, Large Letters", not illustrated, not sold

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated "Petite Head, Small Letters" Brown examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-65BN's.  The finest Uncirculated "Petite Head, Small Letters" Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66RB.

The finest Uncirculated "Petite Head, Large Letters" Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65BN's.

The finest Uncirculated "Mature Head, Large Letters" Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65BN. The finest Uncirculated "Mature Head, Large Letters" Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65RB.

The finest Proof "Petite Head, Small Letters" Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-63BN.  The finest Proof "Petite Head, Small Letters" Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-64RB.

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