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1855 1C Knob on Ear, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Coronet Head Cents 1816-1857

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

OBVERSE DETAIL

OBVERSE DETAIL

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS #:
1913
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
27.50 millimeters
Weight:
10.89 grams
Mintage:
1,574,829
Metal:
Copper
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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
Survival Estimate
All Grades 700
60 or Better 50
65 or Better 10
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.6
60 or Better R-8.5
65 or Better R-9.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 10 / 33
60 or Better 8 / 33 TIE
65 or Better 5 / 33 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 16 / 81
60 or Better 21 / 81 TIE
65 or Better 14 / 81 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade PCGS #403958 (MS, Brown)     66
2 MS65BN PCGS grade
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2 MS65BN estimated grade
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PCGS #403958 (MS, Brown)     66 #1 MS66BN PCGS grade
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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.