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Obverse of 1823 Large Cent - Newcomb 2     Reverse of 1823 Large Cent - Newcomb 2


Rarity: Common

Variety Equivalents: Breen 1819

This was the only use of the obverse die.

The reverse die of this variety was also used on 1824 Newcomb 5.


Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 45, illustrated, sold for $6,440.00  From Heritage's sale of the Warren Miller Collection, October 1995, Lot 5692.  Earlier from Stack's sale of the Milton A. Homes Collection, October 1960, Lot 1516

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 56, illustrated, sold for $6,900.00

EF-40 (illustrated above).  Ex - John Dearden (copy editor of Saturday Evening Post)-Gardens Coin Exchange 1/81-Louis Ullian - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 304, where it was described as follows: "EF40.  At least five points sharper with traces of very light verdigris (possibly removable) around stars 11-13 and the 23 in the date. In addition, there are some extremely faint hairlines in the field behind the head and a light nick on the left end of the line under CENT. Frosty steel brown and chocolate with splashes of reddish brown toning around stars 11-13 and traces of lighter steel brown and tan faded down from mint color in some protected areas. M-LDS with dentil crumbling from star 4 to star 6 and a retained cud break forming inside the dentils at stars 5-6. A sharp, attractive example in spite of the minor distractions."

Recent appearances:
VF-25.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 121, "Newcomb-2" , not plated, sold for $862.50  Ex-Robert Dombrowski and William R. Orwen Collections, Stack's October 1999 Sale, lot 165

VF-25.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2571, sold for $2,070.00  Purchased from Chris Victor-McCawley, July 1990

F15.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1184, illustrated, sold for $345.00

Fine-12.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 210, "Newcomb-2", sold for $230.00

Del Bland graded Fine-15.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 432, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Newcomb-2, Rarity-2...Light brown with a slightly darker tone around the devices and clean except for a rather long, high scratch through the lower wreath, touching the bar below CENT. This lot includes the B. Max Mehl envelope as well as a tiny cotton lined box with 1823 embossed on the cover in gold, with A-3 below. On the back of the box additional information is penned in. Ex T. James Clark, 1944; B. Max Mehl; B. Max Mehl M.B.S. #106 6/45:1752 at $25.", sold for $747.00

Sources and 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