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Obverse of 1837 Large Cent - Newcomb 12     Reverse of 1837 Large Cent - Newcomb 12


Rarity: Scarce

Variety Equivalents: Breen 1868

This is one of the more popular Large Cent varieties because of a stray E that was punched into the leaves of the wreath beneath the E of AMERICA on the reverse.

No Proofs are known of this variety.

This was the only use of the obverse and reverse dies.

1837 Large Cent - Newcomb 12
Images courtesy of John D. Wright

Recent appearances:
Del Bland graded AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 510, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Head of 1838, accessory E in wreath. Newcomb-12, Rarity-3 With weak striking on the borders and peripheral areas, though the E in the wreath is very sharp. Medium light steel brown and completely free from abrasions. The accessory E is located below the E of AMERICA in the wreath, the top left and lower serif show plainly. Popular with collectors, and still scarce.", sold for $299.00

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