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SERIES: Coronet Head Cents 1817-1857
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1819 1C, BN (Proof)

PCGS #:
1768
Diameter:
28.00 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
10.89 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
5
Metal Content:
Copper
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 5 R-9.7 7 / 24 TIE 9 / 43 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 5 / 24 TIE 6 / 43 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 24 1 / 43

Ron Guth: This was the only use of the obverse and reverse dies.  1819 Newcomb 2 is another, slightly different overdate, but it is better known as the 1819 Large Date variety.

Regarding Proofs of the 1819 Newcomb 1, Wright noted in 1992: "One Proof example is known to me - the Beckwith:54 - DuPont:568 - Pittman coin.  The Mougey:121 - Sleicher:1043 piece, purported to be a Proof, is currently untraced.  It is definitely not the Beckwith coin".

In the Pittman sale catalogue (1997), Akers speculated: "The Mougey coin may or may not be a different specimen from the DuPont coin offered here".

Breen noted in 1988:  "At least 2 proofs reported."  Apparently, he was referring to the Pittman and the Mougey coins.

The Pittman coin (ex - Beckwith, Lot 54 - Stack's "Anderson-Dupont" 9/1954:568, $70.00 - John Jay Pittman - David Akers 10/1997:196, $19,800 was subsequently graded MS62BN by PCGS (cert #4837984).  Later, the coin appeared as an NGC PR64BN in an advertisement in the April 7, 2003 issue of COIN WORLD, where it was offered by North American Certified Trading for $34,000.00.  In the opinion of several experts who examined this coin at the 2005 F.U.N. show, it is not a Proof.  Also, plate-matching indicates that this is not the Beckwith coin.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The Cent Book 1816-1839" by John D. Wright

"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia Of U.S. And Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen