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Obverse of 1837 Large Cent - Newcomb 3     Reverse of 1837 Large Cent - Newcomb 3


1837 LARGE CENT - NEWCOMB 3

Rarity: Common

Variety Equivalents: Breen 1864

Notes:
In 1992, Wright knew of "At least three, possibly up to six Proof examples..." of this variety.

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

1837 Large Cent - Newcomb 3
Images courtesy of John D. Wright

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-64 Brown.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 256, "Newcomb-3, Plain Hair Cords, Medium Letters" @$575.00

Del Bland graded MS-60.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 504, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Plain cords, medium letters. Newcomb-3, Rarity-1…Lustrous medium chocolate brown with several very small spots of darker toning on the obverse and traces of mint red around many reverse devices along with some darker mottling throughout. Opposite the forehead is a tiny nick and some minuscule abrasions exist on the obverse. Sharply struck and well centered.", sold for $368.00

PCGS graded AU-58 and Del Bland graded AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 505, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Plain cords, medium letters. Newcomb-3, Rarity-1…Sharper by five points but scattered around the obverse are a few short scratches not readily visible to the unaided eye. Lightly mottled brown on the obverse, dark steel brown on the reverse. We note one hidden spot inside the D of UNITED. Sharply struck, with the usual encircling die crack in the reverse legends. Ex: Ira S. Reed 1/5/45 as "Unc." at $5.", sold for $161.00

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