1839 1C Booby Head, BN MS65BN Certification #21510223, PCGS #1751

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).

 

PCGS #
1751
Designer
Robert Scot
Edge
Plain
Diameter
28.00 millimeters
Weight
10.89 grams
Mintage
3128661
Metal
Copper
Pop Higher
2
Pop Lower
334
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 2000 R-4.6 20 / 48 TIE 35 / 81 TIE
All Grades 350 R-6.3 36 / 48 TIE 57 / 81 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 37 / 48 59 / 81 TIE
65 or Better 2000
All Grades 350
60 or Better 100
65 or Better R-4.6
All Grades R-6.3
60 or Better R-8.0
65 or Better 20 / 48 TIE
All Grades 36 / 48 TIE
60 or Better 37 / 48
65 or Better 35 / 81 TIE
All Grades 57 / 81 TIE
60 or Better 59 / 81 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67BN PCGS grade MS67BN PCGS grade
2 MS66+BN PCGS grade MS66+BN PCGS grade
3 MS66BN PCGS grade MS66BN PCGS grade
3 MS66BN PCGS grade MS66BN PCGS grade
3 MS66BN PCGS grade MS66BN PCGS grade
MS67BN PCGS grade #1 MS67BN PCGS grade
MS66+BN PCGS grade #2 MS66+BN PCGS grade
MS66BN PCGS grade #3 MS66BN PCGS grade
MS66BN PCGS grade #3 MS66BN PCGS grade
MS66BN PCGS grade #3 MS66BN PCGS grade