Coins Certified as of 1/22

My Coin #-4796

1839 1C Booby Head, RB MS66RB

PCGS#: 1752

Owner's Comments

PCGS grade. Ex Marvin Katner, Stack's 11/68:524-Dr. S. C. Bazilion, Lester Merkin 2/12/72:70-C. Douglas Smith 10/2/72-Del Bland-C. Douglas Smith-Del Bland-C. Douglas Smith-Jerry A. Bobbe 4/2/81.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The so-called "Booby Head" of 1839 is a modification of the bust of Liberty that shows one of her hair strands curling around the truncation of the bust.  In real life, this is anatomically impossible and it is doubtful that a sculptor would add such an unusual feature to a physical bust.  The nickname was first applied by Dr. Montroville Dickeson in 1859, then standardized in 1868 by Ebenezer Locke Mason, Jr.  It has been in use ever since and is one of the more distinctive varieties in the Matron Head series of Large Cents.

The "Booby Head" appears on ten different, distinct die varieties and, according to Breen, they comprise "...more than half the total mintage of 1839 cents..."  This conclusion is confirmed by the PCGS Population Report, which shows the relative populations of "Booby Head" and non-"Booby Head" Large Cents.

High grade examples above MS66 are extremely rare.  Red-Brown examples are very rare, and full Red examples are exceedingly rare (in any grade).

Diameter: 28.00 millimeters Designer: Robert Scot Edge: Plain
Mintage: 3,128,661 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 75 R-8.2 28 / 47 TIE 42 / 80 TIE
60 or Better 75 R-8.2 28 / 47 TIE 42 / 80 TIE
65 or Better 25 R-9.0 21 / 47 TIE 38 / 80 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66RB PCGS grade Newcomb 11
1 MS66RB PCGS grade Newcomb 13
1 MS66RB PCGS grade Newcomb 14
4 MS65+RB PCGS grade
4 MS65+RB PCGS grade