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Obverse of 1838 Large Cent - Newcomb 12     Reverse of 1838 Large Cent - Newcomb 12


Rarity: Common

Variety Equivalents: Breen 1869

Early die states of the reverse show clear evidence of double hubbing, making this one of the earliest of all American "Double Dies".


Images courtesy of John D. Wright

Recent appearances:
MS-63 Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5417, not illustrated, sold for $184.00 

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

E-mail correspondence from Henry Hettger, February 22, 2000

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club