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Obverse of 1831 Large Cent - Newcomb 3     Reverse of 1831 Large Cent - Newcomb 3


1831 LARGE CENT - NEWCOMB 3

Rarity: Common

Variety Equivalents: Breen 1847


 

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"Very Choice Proof or better".  Ex - Dr. C.A. Allenburger sale, March 23, 1948, Lot 877, sold for $75.00 - John Jay Pittman - David Akers Numismatics, Inc. sale of the John Jay Pittman collection, October 21-23, 1997, Lot 216

Recent appearances:
Del Bland graded MS-61.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 464, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Medium letters. Newcomb-3, Rarity-1...Lovely medium steel brown and mint red, the surfaces slightly iridescent. Marred only by minor edge dents over F and over the left side of E in AMERICA and a few microscopic carbon specks on the upper left reverse. A very common variety but very nice.", sold for $661.00

MS60+.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1199, illustrated, sold for $977.50

Del Bland graded AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 465, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Small letters. Newcomb-3, Rarity-1...With a tiny planchet defect on the edge over star three. Sharpness of mint state but cleaned and now slightly toned down to a natural appearing medium light golden red with a light steel color throughout the upper left are of the obverse which is off center at K2. On three dentils right of star five are some very small nicks, on the edge over the first T in STATES is a tiny one.", sold for $391.00

Notes:
Regarding Proofs, Wright commented in 1992: "At least 8 Proof examples are known from these dies, and if old auction records are correct and are of different coins, there could be up to 15 of them."  Denis Loring provided a listing of 14 Proof examples in the Pittman catalogue, noting that some of the listings could be duplications and that the final tally would more likely be 10-12 different Proofs.

The obverse die of this variety was also used on 1831 Newcomb 2.

The reverse die of this variety saw much later use on 1834 Newcomb 5, 1835 Newcomb 1, and 1835 Newcomb 5.

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

 
 

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