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Obverse of 1839 Large Cent - Newcomb 6     Reverse of 1839 Large Cent - Newcomb 6


Rarity: Common

Variety Equivalents: Breen 1873

One of the "Booby Head" varieties; identified by the unnatural way the hair curls around the back of the truncation.

The reverse die of this variety was also used on:
1839 Newcomb 11

Images courtesy of John D. Wright

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-63 Brown.  Ex - William Walser collection - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 45, "...AU-50, sharpness of AU-55, lightly cleaned...", illustrated, sold for $805.00

NGC MS-62 Brown.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 275, sold for $431.25

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

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club