1839 LARGE CENT - NEWCOMB 12
Rarity: Very Scarce
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 of this
also appears on 1839 Newcomb
5 and 1839 Newcomb 7. In
1999, this reverse was discovered to be a doubled die by Henry Hettger
(confirmed by Mike Ellis).
Images courtesy of John
VF25. Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale",
May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1219, illustrated, sold for $805.00
Sources and/or recommended
Cent Book 1816-1839" by John D. Wright
E-mail correspondence from
Henry Hettger, February 22, 2000
Early American Coppers Club