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Obverse of 1857 Large Cent     Reverse of 1857 Large Cent


1857 LARGE CENT
(compare with 1857 Small Cent)

PCGS Nos: 2000, 2001

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 333,456
Proofs: estimated 200

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 (5):
Newcomb 1 - Very Common
Newcomb 2 - Very Common
Newcomb 3 - Proof only
Newcomb 4 - Very Common
Newcomb 5 - Proof only

Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-64 Brown.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 311, "Newcomb-3, Small Date" @$5,060.00

NGC MS-65 Red.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5890, "Newcomb-1", plated, sold for $5,290.00

Del Bland graded MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 623, "N-2", illustrated, sold for $1,782.00  Ex Ira Reed, 6/6/44 for $4

NGC MS-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 625, "N-4, Del Bland graded MS-63", illustrated, sold for $1,495.00  Ex Stack's 3/91:1498

NGC MS-65 Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 127, "N-1", illustrated, sold for $575.00

NGC MS-65 Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 128, "N-4", not illustrated, sold for $460.00

NGC MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 310, "Newcomb-1, Large Date" @$414.00

MS-63 Red and Brown.  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5411, not plated, sold for $356.50

NGC MS-63 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 626, "N-4, Del Bland graded MS-65", illustrated, sold for $1,092.00

MS-63 Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2631, "N-1, Large Date" sold for $345.00

MS-62 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5442, "N-2", not illustrated, sold for $460.00

PCGS MS-62 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 622, "N-1, Del Bland graded AU-55", illustrated, sold for $328.00

MS-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2632, "N-1" sold for $414.00

Del Bland graded MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection - Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 624, "N-2", illustrated, sold for $345.00

AU-55.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2633, "N-1, large date" sold for $316.25

Notes:
The finest Brown examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-65BN's.  The finest Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 19 MS-64RB's.  The finest Red example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65RD.  

The finest "Small Date" Brown examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-64BN's.  The finest "Small Date" Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-65RB.  The finest "Small Date" Red examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-64RD's.

The finest Proof Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-66BN's.  The finest Proof Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66RB.

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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