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Obverse of 1839 Large Cent - Newcomb 7     Reverse of 1839 Large Cent - Newcomb 7


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.  

This was the only use of the obverse die.

The reverse die on this variety also appears on 1839 Newcomb 5 and 1839 Newcomb 12.  In 1999, this reverse was discovered to be a doubled die by Henry Hettger (confirmed by Mike Ellis).

Images courtesy of John D. Wright

Recent appearances:

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

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

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club