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Obverse of 1839 Large Cent - Newcomb 14     Reverse of 1839 Large Cent - Newcomb 14


Rarity: 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.

Images courtesy of John D. Wright

Recent appearances:
MS-60 Brown, Corroded, Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5419, not illustrated, sold for $184.00

EF-45.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 278, "Newcomb-14, Booby Head" Not Sold

EF40.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach Coin Sale", May 27-29, 2001, Lot 1221, illustrated, sold for $299.00

Del Bland graded EF-40.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 533, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Booby head. Newcomb-14, Rarity-3 With a small planchet defect in the hair. Sharpness of AU-50 with two very lightly porous areas on the lower right obverse and more in areas of the reverse. Also, on the face are two very small nicks. Dark steel brown, lighter on the reverse.", sold for $207.00

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

Relevant collector organizations:
Early American Coppers Club