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


1823 LARGE CENT - NEWCOMB 2

Rarity: Common

Variety Equivalents: Breen 1819

Notes:
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