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Obverse of 1833 Large Cent - Newcomb 4     Reverse of 1833 Large Cent - Newcomb 4


1833 LARGE CENT - NEWCOMB 4

Rarity: Very Scarce

Variety Equivalents: Breen 1852

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1833 Large Cent - Newcomb 4
Images courtesy of John D. Wright, copyright 1992

Recent appearances:
Del Bland graded EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 472, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "3 over 2. Newcomb-4, Low Rarity-4…Medium chocolate brown and nearly free from impairments. An excellent example, well struck with lovely color, the undertype visible under magnification and an impressive pedigree. Ex: Henry C. Hines; Judge Thomas L. Gaskill 11/56; New Netherlands Coin Company; Dorothy Paschal; New Netherlands Coin Company #50 12/57:1542; E. M. Seneca, Jr.; Garry Fitzgerald; C. Douglas Smith 3/76; Del Bland 4/76; Robert E. Vail; Superior Stamp & Coin 9/97:520.", sold for $1,150.00

Del Bland graded VF-30.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 473, not illustrated, where it was described as follows: "3 over 2. Newcomb-4, Low Rarity-4…The 2 under the last 3 is plainly visible under a glass. Dull dark olive steel surfaces with lighter high points. On the back of the neck is a very small nick and a few tiny ones are right of the date and in the right obverse field. A very popular variety for the overdate feature, and a scarce variety to boot.", sold for $218.00

VF30.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1202, illustrated, sold for $316.25

Del Bland graded Fine-15.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 474, not illustrated, where it was described as follows: "3 over 2. Newcomb-4, Low Rarity-4…Sharpness of VF-25 but some faint verdigris around most of the devices. Medium dark steel brown with raw copper showing on some obverse high points due to excessive rubbing.", sold for $80.00

Notes:
Wright cited Norweb:2914 as both the only Proof example known of this variety, but of the entire date, as well.

This was the only use of the obverse die.  Early die states show a faint curve of a 2 beneath the final 3 of the date.

The reverse die of this variety was also used on 1831 Newcomb 4 and 1833 Newcomb 1.  Die state evidence indicates that the 1831 striking occurred between the two 1833 strikings!

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

 
 

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