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Obverse of 1839 Large Cent - Newcomb 13    


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 reverse die also appears on 1839 Newcomb 15.

Images courtesy of John D. Wright

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-63 Brown.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 277, "Newcomb-13, Booby Head" @$546.25

AU55.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1220, illustrated, sold for $805.00

Del Bland AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 162, illustrated, sold for $483.00 Ex Larry Whitlow (Beverly Hills Coin Shop) 7/65; G.M. "Pat" Patterson; Kagin's Numismatic Auctions #347, 5/88, lot 1242; Dr. Robert J. Shalowitz, 12/2/88; Robinson S. Brown, Jr.; Superior Stamp and Coin Co, 1/96, lot 681; Dr. Thomas J. Reynolds

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 2613, "Booby Head" sold for $253.00 Purchased from "Broadd", September 1976

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

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club