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SERIES: Coronet Head Cents 1816-1857
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

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

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PCGS MS66BN

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PCGS MS65BN
PCGS #:
1913
Diameter:
27.50 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
10.89 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
1,574,829
Metal Content:
Copper
Auction Record:
$3,910 • PCGS MS66 • 9-8-2009 • Ira & Larry Goldberg
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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Relative Rarity
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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
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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.