1807 1C Comet, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Draped Bust Cents 1796-1807

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

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COMET DIE BREAK

COMET DIE BREAK

PCGS MS64BN

PCGS MS64BN

PCGS #:
1531
Designer:
Robert Scot
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
28.00 millimeters
Weight:
10.89 grams
Mintage:
829,221
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 1,200 R-4.9 24 / 40 TIE 24 / 40 TIE
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 16 / 40 TIE 16 / 40 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 40 1 / 40
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,200
60 or Better 5
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.9
60 or Better R-9.7
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 24 / 40 TIE
60 or Better 16 / 40 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 40
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 24 / 40 TIE
60 or Better 16 / 40 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 40

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65BN PCGS grade

Homer K. Downing Collection - Abe Kosoff (Numismatic Gallery) 5/15/1947 - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Abe Kosoff 10/1959:100 - Stack's, sold privately - Doris E. (Dorothy) Nelson - Toby and Doris E. (Nelson) Szymanski (the "TAD" Collection) - Stack's 2/1976:76 - William R. T. Smith, sold privately in  4/7/1977 - C. Douglas Smith, sold privately on 12/8/1979 - Myles Z. Gerson Collection - Del Bland, sold privately on 3/12/1982 - C. Douglas Smith - Herman Halpern 12/11/1986 - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr., sold privately on 2/23/1992 - Eric Streiner - Bowers & Merena 1/1997:8 - Thomas D. Reynolds Collection - Goldbergs 1/2016:304, $38,775

2 MS64BN PCGS grade MS64BN PCGS grade

Sheldon 271.

2 MS64BN PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS64BN PCGS grade
2 MS64BN estimated grade

George W. Merritt Collection - Edouard Frossard 1/1879:154 - Edouard Frossard - John P. Lyman - S.H. Chapman 11/1913:430, $64 - Elmer S. Sears - Oscar J. Pearl - Numismatic Gallery Fixed Price List, 1944:211, $275 - Sol Kaplan - Numismatic Gallery 8/1946:1447, $237.50 - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Robert Gildred Collection - Kagin’s 10/1983:1071, $6,325 - Anthony Terranova - Garry Fitzgerald - Bowers & Merena 8/1987:43, $7,480 - Anthony Terranova - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection, sold privately on 2/23/1992 - Eric Streiner - Jay Parrino (The Mint) - Bowers & Merena 8/1987:43 - Bowers & Merena 1/1997:8, $???

6 MS63BN PCGS grade MS63BN PCGS grade
6 MS63BN PCGS grade
6 MS63BN PCGS grade
6 MS63BN PCGS grade
6 MS63BN PCGS grade
#1 MS65BN PCGS grade

Homer K. Downing Collection - Abe Kosoff (Numismatic Gallery) 5/15/1947 - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Abe Kosoff 10/1959:100 - Stack's, sold privately - Doris E. (Dorothy) Nelson - Toby and Doris E. (Nelson) Szymanski (the "TAD" Collection) - Stack's 2/1976:76 - William R. T. Smith, sold privately in  4/7/1977 - C. Douglas Smith, sold privately on 12/8/1979 - Myles Z. Gerson Collection - Del Bland, sold privately on 3/12/1982 - C. Douglas Smith - Herman Halpern 12/11/1986 - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr., sold privately on 2/23/1992 - Eric Streiner - Bowers & Merena 1/1997:8 - Thomas D. Reynolds Collection - Goldbergs 1/2016:304, $38,775

MS64BN PCGS grade #2 MS64BN PCGS grade

Sheldon 271.

#2 MS64BN PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#2 MS64BN PCGS grade
#2 MS64BN estimated grade

George W. Merritt Collection - Edouard Frossard 1/1879:154 - Edouard Frossard - John P. Lyman - S.H. Chapman 11/1913:430, $64 - Elmer S. Sears - Oscar J. Pearl - Numismatic Gallery Fixed Price List, 1944:211, $275 - Sol Kaplan - Numismatic Gallery 8/1946:1447, $237.50 - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection - Robert Gildred Collection - Kagin’s 10/1983:1071, $6,325 - Anthony Terranova - Garry Fitzgerald - Bowers & Merena 8/1987:43, $7,480 - Anthony Terranova - R.E. “Ted” Naftzger, Jr. Collection, sold privately on 2/23/1992 - Eric Streiner - Jay Parrino (The Mint) - Bowers & Merena 8/1987:43 - Bowers & Merena 1/1997:8, $???

MS63BN PCGS grade #6 MS63BN PCGS grade
#6 MS63BN PCGS grade
#6 MS63BN PCGS grade
#6 MS63BN PCGS grade
#6 MS63BN PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The "Comet" variety of the 1807 Large Cent is so-named because of a flaw in the left obverse field that connects the rim with Liberty's hair just above the hairbow. This flaw is unique to the Sheldon-271 variety and does not appear on any other 1807 obverse. However, the flaw itself is not diagnostic of the S-271 variety, as early states of the dies are perfect and do not show the flaw. In actuality, this die contains numerous flaws that appeared and worsened asa the die aged. The additional flaws included numerous die clashes, a parallel, raised line in the right obverse field in front of Liberty's face, and a horizontal crack across her bust at the throat level. This is a very popular variety because of the obvious flaw and the numerous die states.

Though this is a fairly common variety, it is difficult to locate in high grade, especially Mint State. As of March 2011, PCGS had certified only eight Mint State examples, five in MS-63BN, one in MS64BN, and two in MS65RB. None have been grade finer and full Red examples are known.