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1839 LARGE CENT - NEWCOMB 1

Rarity: Scarce

Variety Equivalents: Breen 1870

Notes:This has been called the "1839/6" variety, although the overdate is questionable.  The obverse die was leftover from an earlier year, as the plain hair cords seen on this die were discontinued in 1837.  

This reverse die of this variety was also used on 1839 Newcomb 4 and 1839 Newcomb 9.

Images courtesy of John D. Wright

Recent appearances:
Fine-15.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2607, "Overdate" sold for $368.00

Fine-12.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2608, "Overdate" sold for $253.00

Net Fine-12, sharpness of VF-25.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2609 sold for $230.00

PCGS VG-10.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6573, "Newcomb 1, 1839/6", not illustrated, sold for $345.00

VG8.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1212, illustrated,  sold for $529.00

PCGS VG-8.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 273, "Newcomb-1, 1839/6" @$299.00

NGC VG-8 Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 78, not illustrated, sold for $345.00

Del Bland graded VG-10.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 518, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "9 over 6. Newcomb-1, Rarity-3 Overdate… Sharpness of Fine-15 but lightly porous with a small nick below the chin and a scratch over E in ONE. Late die state with a prominent bisecting obverse crack. In great demand for the overdate and variety.", sold for $443.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The Cent Book 1816-1839" by John D. Wright

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club