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Obverse of 1819/8 Large Cent - Newcomb 1     Reverse of 1819/8 Large Cent - Newcomb 1


1819 LARGE CENT - NEWCOMB 1

Rarity: Common

Variety Equivalents: Breen 1800

Notes:
Wright noted in 1992: "One Proof example is known to me - the Beckwith:54 - DuPont:568 - Pittman coin.  The Mougey:121 - Sleicher:1043 piece, purported to be a Proof, is currently untraced.  It is definitely not the Beckwith coin".

In the Pittman sale catalogue (1997), Akers speculated: "The Mougey coin may or may not be a different specimen from the DuPont coin offered here".

Breen noted in 1988:  "At least 2 proofs reported."  Apparently, he was referring to the Pittman and the Mougey coins.

This was the only use of the obverse and reverse dies.  1819 Newcomb 2 is another, slightly different overdate, but it is better known as the 1819 Large Date variety.

 

Images courtesy of David Akers Numismatics, Inc.

Significant examples:
NGC Proof-64 Brown (illustrated above).  Ex - Beckwith, Lot 54 - Stack's "Anderson-Dupont", September 24-25, 1954, Lot 568, sold for $70.00 - John Jay Pittman - David Akers Numismatics, Inc. "John Jay Pittman Collection - Part One", October 21-23, 1997, Lot 196, illustrated - offered in the April 7, 2003 issue of COIN WORLD by North American Certified Trading for $34,000.00.  In the opinion of several experts who examined this coin at the 2005 F.U.N. show, this is not a Proof.  Also, plate-matching indicates that this is not the Beckwith coin.

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-63 Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 48, not illustrated, sold for $920.00

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2551, "Overdate" sold for $299.00

PCGS graded MS-63 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 415, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "9 over 8. Newcomb-1, Rarity-1... Medium to dark brown with hints of lighter color around the edges. Sharply struck and well preserved, and an important overdate issue.", sold for $920.00

PCGS graded MS-62 Brown and Del Bland graded EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 416, illustrated, where it was described as follows: " 9 over 8. Newcomb-1, High Rarity-1...Mint State sharpness but in the field before the face and on the face are many microscopic nicks. Also on the face is another small nick, a tiny one is on the lower bust line, a hairline scratch crosses the lower neck and around ONE CENT are other nicks and hairline scratches. Well struck and centered with the overdate feature sharp and clear. Medium and light chocolate brown with considerable faded mint red on the reverse.
There is a lighter arc of brown at the top of the obverse, and the hairline scratches and nicks are to be expected for the grade assigned. Excellent color and scarce in this grade. Ex: Ira S. Reed, privately 1/19/45 as "Unc." at $10.", sold for $604.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The Cent Book 1816-1839" by John D. Wright

"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club

Enlarged detail of the overdate on 1819 Newcomb 1

Obverse of 1819/8 Large Cent - Newcomb 1     Reverse of 1819/8 Large Cent - Newcomb 1

Images courtesy of Superior Stamp & Coin