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Obverse of 1834 Large Cent - Newcomb 1     Reverse of 1834 Large Cent - Newcomb 1


1834 LARGE CENT - NEWCOMB 1

Rarity: Common

Variety Equivalents: Breen 1856

 

Images courtesy of John D. Wright

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-64 Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 66, not illustrated, sold for $391.00

AU-50.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 130, "Newcomb-1", not plated, sold for $143.75

Del Bland graded AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 478, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Small 8, large stars, medium letters. Newcomb-1, Rarity-1…With a line like crack through the planchet at star twelve. Mint State sharpness but cleaned and very nicely retoned to an iridescent sea-green and steel tan color. Ex: Consignment W. Stack's 3/72:38; David Queller; Stack's 3/97:225: Stack's F.P.L. Summer 1997; Stack's 10/97:91.", sold for $230.00

PCGS graded AU-55 and Del Bland graded EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 479, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Small 8, large stars, medium letters. Newcomb-1, Rarity-1…Medium brown, the obverse exhibiting evidence of faded mint color, with a small darkish spot touching star four and small dark red spots over C in CENT and above OF. The PCGS holder calls this a "Lg 8 Sm S M Let", which is not correct. The faded color is very pleasant, and the reverse spots are minor. Ex. James G. Macallister 6/6/44 at $7.50.", sold for $253.00

Del Bland graded EF-45.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 480, not illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Small 8, large stars, medium letters. Newcomb-1, Rarity-1…Sharpness of AU-55 but in the lower left obverse field are traces of roughness where corrosion was removed. Lightly cleaned to a golden brown color with dark spots at the top of 3 and over star eleven. Ex: Lester Merkin 9/67:113; Robinson S. Brown, Jr.; Superior Galleries 9/86:747; Robinson, Victor-McCawley (CVM); Bowers and Merena Galleries 1/14/91; Stanley Chen; Superior Galleries 10/2000:1385.", sold for $241.00

Del Bland graded VF-35.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 481, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Small 8, large stars, medium letters. Newcomb-1, Rarity-1…Ten points sharper but the surfaces are not perfectly smooth and below 183 is a scratch. Medium dark chocolate brown.
Nice surfaces for the grade, and the scratch below the date is old and barely visible. Not a rare coin, but popular in high grade. Ex: Ira S. Reed, circa 1945 at $1.40.", sold for $121.00

Notes:
No Proofs are known of this variety.

This was the only use of the obverse die.

The reverse die of this variety was also used on 1835 Newcomb 3.

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