1855 1C Knob on Ear, BN MS65BN

PCGS#: 1913

Owner's Comments


Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1855 "Knob on Ear" variety was caused by a small chip that fell out of the die, leaving a void that filled with metal every time a coin was struck.  The "Knob", as it is called, is obvious to the naked eye (see above) and is a distinctive and popular variety.  The "Knob" is restricted to one 1855 Cent Variety - Newcomb 9.

Mint State 1855 "Knob On Ear" Cents are scarce, but not rare unless they have Red-Brown color.  Full Red examples are exceedingly rare.

Diameter: 27.50 millimeters Designer: Christian Gobrecht Edge: Plain
Mintage: 1,574,829 Weight: 10.89 grams Metal Content: Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 700 R-5.6 10 / 33 16 / 81
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 8 / 33 TIE 21 / 81 TIE
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 5 / 33 TIE 14 / 81 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade