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Obverse of 1838 Large Cent - Newcomb 6     Reverse of 1838 Large Cent - Newcomb 6


Rarity: Common

Variety Equivalents: Breen 1869



Images courtesy of John D. Wright

Significant examples:
NGC MS-66 Red.  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", June 5-7, 2000, Lot 348, where it was described as follows: "Mint red delicately toning down to light steel brown on the highpoints, about 80% of the original red remaining. Free of any trace of rub or contact. The only marks that will help identify this cent are a tiny speck of carbon at the dentils right of the bottom of star 10, another at the dentil tips under star 12, and a third at the leaftip under the R in AMERICA. Great luster and eye appeal, certainly one of the finest of this date. LDS. EAC graded MS65."

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-63 Brown.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 268, "Newcomb-6" @$207.00

Del Bland graded AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 517, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Newcomb-6, Rarity-1 Mint state sharpness but on the rim right of star three is a pit mark. Medium steel tan with numerous light reddish brown spots scattered around the obverse.", sold for $264.00

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