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Obverse of 1856 Large Cent     Reverse of 1856 Large Cent


1856 LARGE CENT
(compare with 1856 Small Cent)

PCGS Nos: 1997, 1998, 1999

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 2,690,463
Proofs: estimated 150

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 (21):
Newcomb 1 - Very Common
Newcomb 2 - Very Common
Newcomb 3 - Very Common
Newcomb 4 - Common
Newcomb 5
Newcomb 6 - Very Common
Newcomb 7 - Common
Newcomb 8 - Very Scarce
Newcomb 9 - Scarce
Newcomb 10 - Very Common
Newcomb 11 - Very Common
Newcomb 12 - Very Common
Newcomb 13 - Very Common
Newcomb 14 - Very Common
Newcomb 15Delisted
Newcomb 16 - Common
Newcomb 17 - Common
Newcomb 18 - Very Common
Newcomb 19 - Common
Newcomb 20 - Scarce
Newcomb 21 - Common
Newcomb 22 - Very Rare

Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-66 Brown.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5891, "Newcomb-5", plated, sold for $4,600.00

NGC MS-65 Red and Brown.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5889, "Newcomb-14, Slanted 5", not plated, sold for $690.00

NGC MS-65 Red and Brown.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5885, "Newcomb-12, Upright 5", not plated, sold for $632.50

NGC MS-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 126, "N-14", not illustrated, sold for $437.00

PCGS MS-65 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 173, "Slanting 5's", illustrated, sold for $604.00

NGC MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 305, "Newcomb-2, Slant 5" @$345.00

NGC MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 306, "Newcomb-6, Upright 5" @$632.50

MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5441, "Slanted 5" not illustrated, sold for $333.50

PCGS MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 620, "N-14, Del Bland graded MS-63", illustrated, not sold  Ex James Macallister 7/2/45 as Unc for $2

PCGS MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 125, "N-6", not illustrated, sold for $253.00

PCGS MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 618, "N-7, Del Bland graded MS-61", illustrated, not sold  Probably purchased in the mid 1940's, but no provenance is available

NGC MS-64 Brown.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 307, "Newcomb-13" @$184.00

NGC MS-64 Brown.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 308, "Newcomb-14, Slanting 5" @$195.50

NGC MS-64 Brown.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5888, "Newcomb-14, Slanted 5", not plated, sold for $184.00

Del Bland graded MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 617, "N-6", illustrated, sold for $483.00  Ex Bowers and Merena 11/99:412

PCGS MS-63 Brown.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5887, "Slanted 5", not plated, sold for $161.00

MS-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 309, "Newcomb-14, Slanting 5" @$230.00

Del Bland graded MS-62.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 619, "N-10", illustrated, sold for $207.00  Ex Heritage Numismatic Auctions #5 11/89:48; Joe Dooley; M&G Auctions 1/97:718; Stuart MacDonald; Heritage Auctions 9/97:5394

Del Bland graded MS-61.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 621, "N-14", not illustrated, sold for $270.00

Del Bland graded MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 615, "N-2", illustrated, sold for $121.00

Del Bland graded MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 616, "N-3", illustrated, sold for $195.00

AU-55, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5440, "N-21", not illustrated, sold for $92.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-65 Red-Brown.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 131, "Newcomb-8, Upright 5, Rarity-4", illustrated, sold for $862.50

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66BN.  The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66RB.  The finest Uncirculated Red examples graded by PCGS are 6 MS-65RD's.

The finest Uncirculated "Slanted 5" Brown example graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65BN's.  The finest Uncirculated "Slanted 5" Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65RB's.  The finest Uncirculated "Slanted 5" Red example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65RD.

The finest Proof Brown examples graded by PCGS are 7 PR-64BN's.  The finest Proof Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-66RB's.  The finest Proof Red examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-65RD's.

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

 
 

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