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    Booby Head

    Penny-Wise, Vol. 13, No. 3(72)

    15/5/1979

    Highlight: Gent 9 Booby Head, scratch before ear No underline, no berry atTE(D) N14 Obv. 9: Booby head; exposed shoulder. Short coronet-point parallels L. In date, 8 is a hair low. A fine graver-scratch cuts across the lowest point of the curl before ear (visible only on nice VF and better) . The "raised center circle" peculiar to the booby-head type is plainest on this die, its left loop curving thru the curl before ear. The ninth star is boldly doubled along the right side of its lowest point as on most other booby-head dies . Rev. E: No underline. Though the stem is bold and complete, there is no outer berry below TE(D) — diagnostic. The inner ’berry’ to right of CENT is questionable — a mere lump. Several berries are disjoint, and a few are doubled. CENT has a notch-topped T from a poorly-repaire

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    Penny-Wise, Vol. 13, No. 3(72)

    15/5/1979

    Highlight: Gent 9 Booby Head, scratch before ear No underline, no berry atTE(D) N14 Obv. 9: Booby head; exposed shoulder. Short coronet-point parallels L. In date, 8 is a hair low. A fine graver-scratch cuts across the lowest point of the curl before ear (visible only on nice VF and better) . The "raised center circle" peculiar to the booby-head type is plainest on this die, its left loop curving thru the curl before ear. The ninth star is boldly doubled along the right side of its lowest point as on most other booby-head dies . Rev. E: No underline. Though the stem is bold and complete, there is no outer berry below TE(D) — diagnostic. The inner ’berry’ to right of CENT is questionable — a mere lump. Several berries are disjoint, and a few are doubled. CENT has a notch-topped T from a poorly-repaire

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    Several Small Consignments of United States, Foreign Gold, Silver and Copper Coins and Paper Money

    Highlight: 6 Booby head. Both are scarce varieties. Very Fine. 2 pieces. 661 1839 A. 4 Silly head, Fine; 1839 N. 14 Booby head, Very Fine, obverse planchet defect. 2 pieces. 662 1839 A. 5 Booby head. Very Fine. 663 1839 A. 7 Booby head, Fine, obverse scratch; 1839 A. 9 Silly head, 1839 N. 11 Booby head, Very Good. 3 pieces. 664 1839 A. 8 Type of '40, Very Fine, small edge cut; 1839 N. 12 Booby head, Very Fine. 2 pieces. 665 1839 A. 10 (new) Silly head, 1839 A. 13 (new) Booby head. Nearly Very Fine. 2 pieces. 666 1840 A. 1 Small date, obverse scratch, 1840 A. 7 Large date. Very Fine. 2 pieces. 667 1840 A. 2 Small date, 1840 A. 5, 1840 A. 6 Large date, Good; 1840 A. 3 Small date, Fine. 4 pieces. 668 1840 A. 4 Small date. Extremely Fine, some proof-like surface. 669 1840 A. 8 Large date, Very Fine,

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    United States, Foreign and Ancient Gold, Silver & Copper Coins

    Highlight: Booby Head. Light brown steel, clean reflective surfaces, minor contact marks. Lot 707, Newcomb sale. 1779 1839 N-7. EF-45. Booby Headcracks and rim breaks as described in Newcomb. Lovely cent, much more beautiful than many mint state specimens. 1781 1839 N-9. EF-45. Silly Head. Another. Same die state as the preceding lot. Chest- nut brown mottled with black, well struck and centered; insignificant contact marks and planchet flaking. 1782 1839 N-10. AU-50. Booby Head. Light brown steel, obverse

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    Estate of Floyd T. Starr (2 of 2) [ANS New Netherlands Coin Company records, box 8, folder 22]

    7/4/1971

    Highlight: Booby Head. 25.00 5 Fine -Very Fine, cleaned. Booby Head. 4.00 6 II About Uncirculated 50. Booby Head. 45.00 6 III Mint State 60. Booby Head. 150.00 7 III Mint State 60/65. Booby Head. 150.00 7 IV About Uncirculated 50; scratched. Booby Head. 20.00 8 II Mint State 60. Head *40. 125.00 9 III Mint State 60. Silly Head. 200.00 10 III Mint State 60. Booby Head. 75.00 11 I About Uncirculated 50. 45.00 12 I Mint State 60, rim nicked. 150.00 12 II Very Fine 20, dark. 12.50 12 IV Fine 15 plus. 10.00 13 II Mint State 60 plus. 150.00 14 II Mint State 60. 150.00 New About Mint State 60. 175.00 N-la Mint State 60. 75.00 lb Mint State 65. 112.50 lb Ex. Fine 40 plus, defect below one. 20.00 3 Mint State 60 plus. 80.00 4 I Ex. Fine 45. 25.00 4 II About Mint State 65. 90.00 5 About Mint State 65. 100.00 6

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    Sale 38, A.N.A. sale, typescript of consignments [ANS New Netherlands Coin Company records, box 8, folder 24]

    16/8/1952

    Highlight: Booby head 'alue Uio.oo) Remarks 1 R-ii 13.00 2 0 y 10 n 12 1.3 Hi R-l .20 R-lt .35 R— 2 .25 R— 1 .20 R-3 .30 R-3 .30 R-l .15 R— 14 .35 R-l .20 R-l .20 R-6 .50 R— Jj .3? R-5 .)*0 I / ^ fbiail date; 8 »v*?rstruck. S-65. Dosily The so-called l3?y over '36. ring* double book value a . The W. A.P. Tiv-mipeon sale, 1915, had a hoard of twenty- o i ^ht specinens. Type of 1838. Type of 1338. Silly neau. Booby head. As last. Said to exist in Proof, Booby head. Type of 18 ) 40 . Silly head.

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    The 2008 EAC Convention Sale

    Highlight: Booby Head. Lustrous light bluish steel brown and light chocolate. No spots or stains and only a few trivial contact marks, mostly in the field off the chin. LDS. Great eye appeal, very close to mint state. Removed from a PCGS slab graded MS62BN (PCGS label included). 525. 1839 N-12 R4 VF25. Booby Head. Ten points sharper with extremely faint porosity under a glossy dark chocolate ant !|j olive brown patina. No verdigris, and only a couple tiny rin i marks. MDS with a clear die crack through star 4 to the nose. I 526. 1839 N-12 R4 VG8. Booby Head. Glossy chocolate brown and steel with lighter brown toning in protected areas otf the reverse. Smooth surfaces. There are a few light contact marks scattered over both sides. MDS with a light die crack from the dentils through star 4 to the nose.

    The auction sale catalog for the May 2008 Convention of the Early American Coppers, Inc., catal

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    The 2012 EAC Convention Sale

    Highlight: Booby Head. Choice tan brown color, but the surfaces show some tiny nicks that keep it from full choice status. Fantastic eye appeal. LDS; ex-Bill Yates 05/03. 398.1839 N-6 R2 VF30. Booby Head. Cleaned and recolored, with some underlying rainbow among attractive peanut butter and chocolate brown color. A few too many nicks for the grade, especially on the obverse. VF35 net VF30. Ex- 1981 EAC 05/02/81:316 as N-13; John M. Ward, Jr. 02/02. M-LDS. 399. 1839 N-ll R1 VF35+. Booby Head. Exceptionally nice color, surfaces, and eye appeal, choice for the grade. 400. 1839 N-12 R4 VG7. Booby Head. Very nice medium brown color with VG8 details. Myriad tiny nicks cover each side, nothing too obvious, but too many of them for the grade. MDS with a faint crack from star 4 to the nose. 401. 1839 N-13 R2

    The auction sale catalog for the May 2012 Convention of the Early American Coppers, Inc., catal

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    The Rarities Auction

    Highlight: The popular Booby Head Guide Book variety of the 1839 cent is identifiable by looking at Liberty’s shoulder on the obverse, which is exposed. The reverse dies combined with the various Booby Head obverses also omit the line under the word CENT in the denomination. Several die marriages of the Booby Heades being especially prolific for the 1839 large cents. Indeed, the years from 1835 through 1839 saw considerable experimentation and modification of the basic Matron Head design type before the Mint finally settled on the Braided Hair motif . Booby Head. MS-66 RB (PCGS). CAC. that would continue in use through the end of the large cent series in 1857. Such a proliferation of types has fascinated and challenged early copper enthusiasts for decades,

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    The Classics Sale: The Red Bank Collection

    Highlight: (Total: 4 pieces) Superb Gem 1839 Newcomb-5 CDS’s “Super Booby Head” (2x photo) 479 1839 N-5. Rarity-2. Booby Head. MS-65 BN (PCGS). Im- peccable cartwheel lustre on frosty steel brown surfaces barely faded from mint color. Some traces of red remain and intermingle with olive highlights around devices and legends. The immaculate sur- faces of this coin set it apart-indeed we believe the certified grade to be conservative— and the bold strike and eye appeal place it soundly among the very finest known of the variety. A tiny spot is noted inside star 4, two more identify the reverse at center, only a dull nick behind the bun appears under a magnified tour around both sides. This well-pedigreed specimen is noted as second finest in the Noyes census; it was acquired by noted large cent

    Auction catalogue of American Numismatic Rarities, LLC.

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    Sale 38, August 16, 1952 (2 of 2) [ANS New Netherlands Coin Company records, box 8, folder 19]

    16/8/1952

    Highlight: 5 R-1 .20 Booby head. 6 R-3 .30 As last. Said to exist in Proof. 7 R-3 .30 Booby head. 8 R-1 .15 Type of 1840. 9 R-4 .35 Silly head. 10 R-1 .20 Booby head. 11 R-1 .20 Booby head. Almost on R-2. 12 R-6 .50 Booby head. 13 R-4 .35 Booby head. 14 . R-5 .40 Booby heod. Small dfffe; 8 double str Lick. MS-65". Mostly red. Lists at $12.00 so, in the Guidebook. ($10.00 red Proof. Al tthe, Pearl specimen which was si dmoOTp^fiSet, with slight indications of tarnish upon the obverse. Equal to .-w.. j'Sfe^Tor $65.00. Ex Hines coll. Plate. ($55.00) - ^A/ipt- State-60. Magnificent iridescent olive; flecked with russet. H.K.D. marked this variety as rare. Ex Tdines coll. ($10.00) 1842. NA-il. Small date. Choice iridescent Proof. Minute rim bruise, at the top of reverse. Sharp and perfectly A very pretty

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    CATALOGUE OF UNITED STATES AND FOREIGN COINS, CANADIAN COINS AND WAR MEDALS, PAPER MONEY, ETC. THE COLLECTIONS OF THE LATE EMANUEL WERTMAN, ESQ., OF PHILADELPHIA AND OTHERS.

    Highlight: 1 419 H839 Booby head. No bar below cent. Uncircu-7^ lated. Beautiful light olive. Sharp imp. 420C1839 Booby head. Uncirculated. Stars sharp, but border of obverse not struck up. Light olive, slightly darker shade before face. Jb 421 CL 83 9 Booby head. Extremely fine. Rich brown color.2*^o 422cl839 Booby head. Obverse die broken across. Very fine. Brown color. ‘ZtOrfd- SU /v ^’~ fa 423^839 Booby head. Very fine. Light brown color#/ SV Jo 42^1839 Booby head. Cleaned. The other dents on ^ edge. Fair. ^ 2 pcs. vAttiCr 42571840 Snnjll date. Uncirculated. Sharp. Obv. ^ ^ Qq biroftv n-Steel color. Rev. light olive. >> titUL — - -A*' N* tyo CL iai X <7 A-'

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    Numismatic Gallery Monthly [vol. 5, nos. 4-5]

    1/4/1952

    Highlight: die cracks R3 EF-40 11.00 N4 Silly Head VF-25 6.50 N5 Booby Head VF-25 6.00 N6 Booby Head Abt. EF-40 9.00 N7 Booby Head defective die VF-30 6.00 N8 Head of 1840 F-15 3.50 N9 Silly Head VF-30 7.50 N 1 0 Booby VF-30 6.00 Nil Booby Head Scarce VG-6 3.50 N 1 3 Booby Head Rarity A XF-40.. 16.00 1840 N 1 State a. VF-30 4.00 N2 Smal date recut 8 VF-30 4.00 N3 Small date VF-30 4.00 N3 Small date State II VF-30 4.00 N4 Die defect below Date VG-10.. 2.50 N5 VF-30 5.00 N6 Large date State a. AU-50 10.00 N6 Large c^ate HINES VF-30 6.50 N7 Large date VF-25 5.00 N8 Hines VF-30 6.75 N9 State a. Part Red EF-40 8.00 N9 State b. VF-30 6.75 N 1 0 VF-20 4.00 N1 1 Not in Newcomb Rarity 4 HINES specimen VF-25 12.50 N 1 2 Small date VF-25 4.00 N13 Small date Scarce VF-25 6.50 PAGE 20

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    Penny-Wise, Vol. 7, No. 3(36)

    15/5/1973

    Highlight: "SILLY HEAD" AND "BOOBY HEAD" CENTS Raymond H. Williamson In PENNY-WISE for March 15, 1973, page 47, Louis C. Sass asks if " anybody knows anything for certain about the origin of those very old and long established names of ’Silly Head’ and ’Booby Heade. I've had an interest in this matter on the back burner for about 25 years, and so have a few bits and pieces to report for openers . Dr. M. W. Dickenson's "American Numismatical Manual" (1st Ed., 1859), page 216, gives the earliest description I could find for the Booby Head (no line under

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    Penny-Wise, Vol. 7, No. 3(36)

    15/5/1973

    Highlight: not a Booby Head. It has a line under CENT , and again has the obverse characteristics of Silly Head N— 9; in fact the plate was made by pressing a specimen of N— 9 into the paper of the book. In this same year, 1860, the "Coin Collectors’ Manual" by George F. Jones lists the varieties of 1839 cents as "1839", "1839 head of 1840", and "1839 Booby Head." (No Silly Head). In Mason’s Coin & Stamp Collectors' Magazine, Vol. 1 No. 12 (March 1868), page 109, we find editorial mention of the following undescribed 1839 cent varieties: "... The ’Booby head; the ’40’ head; the '38' head, and a head that differs slightly from either." Incidentally, Ebeneezer Locke Mason, Jr. was at this time publishing his magazine under the style of "Mason & Wells" at 50 North 10th Street, Phila- delphia. Three

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    Penny-Wise, Vol. 7, No. 3(36)

    15/5/1973

    Highlight: here is a speculation as to when the names Booby Head and Silly Head started: 1) Dickeson (1859) started the idea of an 1839 cent with a simple expression on Miss Liberty’s effigy. His unnamed description of a Booby Head is confusingly pictured as a Silly Head. 2) Snowden (1860) named the Booby Head, but followed Dickeson in picturing a Silly Head for this variety. (I fully expect Sale Catalogs before 1860 will be found naming the Booby Head.) 3) (1860) The name Booby Head (but not yet Silly Head) becomes accepted among dealers and collectors, who at the same time are confused by Dickeson's and Snowden's statements and plates. 4) Mason (1868) early in the year is also confused, but straightens out the problem by adding the Silly Head as a named variety in June 1 868 . DO YOU KNOW THE

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    Penny-Wise, Vol. 13, No. 3(72)

    15/5/1979

    Highlight: 6: Booby head; exposed shoulder. Coronet tip is much more pointed than on other booby head dies, splaying far left from the top of L similar to the silly head dies. Ninth star is boldly recut along the right of its lowest point. Very faint hints of a raised ring appear before the ear, and the curl is broken before the center of the ear. Rev. D: No underline. Stems and outer berry below TE(D) are complete. Early strikes (N5) show no inner berry right of T in CENT , while later strikes (Nl 0) have this berry added as a small lump. There is a doubling between the outer two leaves under IC, almost as if the outer leaf pair under IC was intended as a triplet. On worn examples this is still quite apparent as a double leaftip under C. The broken left pendant of T in CENT is ill-repaired, producin

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    Penny-Wise, Vol. 33, No. 3(192)

    15/5/1999

    Highlight: Booby Head in the dentils by star 13 caused bv something coming between the planchet and the die. A+ 1839 N8 1 60 60 900 Head of 1840. Brown with choice, lustrous surfaces. Some dark toning on leaves under UN to wreath ribbon. There are two small depressions in the dentils by star 13 caused by something coming between the planchet and the die. Ex-1999 EAC Sale, Lot 530. A-i- 1839 NIO 3 55 50 650 Booby Head. Removed from an NGC holder graded AU58. Ex-Heritage, 1-98, Lot 16. 1839 NIO 3 40-H 35 235 Booby Head.

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    Numismatic Gallery Monthly [vol. 5, nos. 4-5]

    1/4/1952

    Highlight: die cracks R3 EF-40 11.00 N4 Silly Head VF-25 6.50 N5 Booby Head VF-25 6.00 N6 Booby Head Abt. EF-40 9.00 N7 Booby Head defective die VF-30 6.00 N8 Head of 1840 F-15 3.50 N9 Silly Head VF-30 7.50 N 1 0 Booby VF-30 6.00 Nil Booby Head Scarce VG-6 3.50 N 1 3 Booby Head Rarity A XF-40.. 16.00 1840 N 1 State a. VF-30 4.00 N2 Smal date recut 8 VF-30 4.00 N3 Small date VF-30 4.00 N3 Small date State II VF-30 4.00 N4 Die defect below Date VG-10.. 2.50 N5 VF-30 5.00 N6 Large date State a. AU-50 10.00 N6 Large c^ate HINES VF-30 6.50 N7 Large date VF-25 5.00 N8 Hines VF-30 6.75 N9 State a. Part Red EF-40 8.00 N9 State b. VF-30 6.75 N 1 0 VF-20 4.00 N1 1 Not in Newcomb Rarity 4 HINES specimen VF-25 12.50 N 1 2 Small date VF-25 4.00 N13 Small date Scarce VF-25 6.50 PAGE 20

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    Penny-Wise, Vol. 7, No. 3(36)

    15/5/1973

    Highlight: "SILLY HEAD" AND "BOOBY HEAD" CENTS Raymond H. Williamson In PENNY-WISE for March 15, 1973, page 47, Louis C. Sass asks if " anybody knows anything for certain about the origin of those very old and long established names of ’Silly Head’ and ’Booby Heade. I've had an interest in this matter on the back burner for about 25 years, and so have a few bits and pieces to report for openers . Dr. M. W. Dickenson's "American Numismatical Manual" (1st Ed., 1859), page 216, gives the earliest description I could find for the Booby Head (no line under

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    Penny-Wise, Vol. 7, No. 3(36)

    15/5/1973

    Highlight: not a Booby Head. It has a line under CENT , and again has the obverse characteristics of Silly Head N— 9; in fact the plate was made by pressing a specimen of N— 9 into the paper of the book. In this same year, 1860, the "Coin Collectors’ Manual" by George F. Jones lists the varieties of 1839 cents as "1839", "1839 head of 1840", and "1839 Booby Head." (No Silly Head). In Mason’s Coin & Stamp Collectors' Magazine, Vol. 1 No. 12 (March 1868), page 109, we find editorial mention of the following undescribed 1839 cent varieties: "... The ’Booby head; the ’40’ head; the '38' head, and a head that differs slightly from either." Incidentally, Ebeneezer Locke Mason, Jr. was at this time publishing his magazine under the style of "Mason & Wells" at 50 North 10th Street, Phila- delphia. Three

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    Penny-Wise, Vol. 7, No. 3(36)

    15/5/1973

    Highlight: here is a speculation as to when the names Booby Head and Silly Head started: 1) Dickeson (1859) started the idea of an 1839 cent with a simple expression on Miss Liberty’s effigy. His unnamed description of a Booby Head is confusingly pictured as a Silly Head. 2) Snowden (1860) named the Booby Head, but followed Dickeson in picturing a Silly Head for this variety. (I fully expect Sale Catalogs before 1860 will be found naming the Booby Head.) 3) (1860) The name Booby Head (but not yet Silly Head) becomes accepted among dealers and collectors, who at the same time are confused by Dickeson's and Snowden's statements and plates. 4) Mason (1868) early in the year is also confused, but straightens out the problem by adding the Silly Head as a named variety in June 1 868 . DO YOU KNOW THE

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    Penny-Wise, Vol. 13, No. 3(72)

    15/5/1979

    Highlight: 6: Booby head; exposed shoulder. Coronet tip is much more pointed than on other booby head dies, splaying far left from the top of L similar to the silly head dies. Ninth star is boldly recut along the right of its lowest point. Very faint hints of a raised ring appear before the ear, and the curl is broken before the center of the ear. Rev. D: No underline. Stems and outer berry below TE(D) are complete. Early strikes (N5) show no inner berry right of T in CENT , while later strikes (Nl 0) have this berry added as a small lump. There is a doubling between the outer two leaves under IC, almost as if the outer leaf pair under IC was intended as a triplet. On worn examples this is still quite apparent as a double leaftip under C. The broken left pendant of T in CENT is ill-repaired, producin

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    Penny-Wise, Vol. 33, No. 3(192)

    15/5/1999

    Highlight: Booby Head in the dentils by star 13 caused bv something coming between the planchet and the die. A+ 1839 N8 1 60 60 900 Head of 1840. Brown with choice, lustrous surfaces. Some dark toning on leaves under UN to wreath ribbon. There are two small depressions in the dentils by star 13 caused by something coming between the planchet and the die. Ex-1999 EAC Sale, Lot 530. A-i- 1839 NIO 3 55 50 650 Booby Head. Removed from an NGC holder graded AU58. Ex-Heritage, 1-98, Lot 16. 1839 NIO 3 40-H 35 235 Booby Head.

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    Catalog of the Magnificent Collection of American Colonial, United States and Foreign Coins, Medals and Currency of All Ages and Periods Formed by Dr. G.F.E. Wilharm

    Highlight: 1839 Booby head. Perfect die. Uncirculated, even light brown. 1839 Booby head. Andrews No. 5. Uncirculated, bold impres- sion, with beautiful glossy brown surface. A magnificent cent. 1839 Booby head. Andrews No. 5, but Avith broken wreath on reverse, and faint break connecting 5th and 6th star on left. Un- circulated, red and olive. 1839 Booby head. Variety with stems of wreath slightly bro- ken. Perfect obverse die. Extremely fine. 1839 Booby head. Break from 4th star on left across head, end- ing between 2nd and 3rd star on right. Fine to very fine. Rare variety. 1839 Hiead of 1840. Andrews No. 8. Uncirculated. Light olive. CENTS of 1840. 1657 1840 Small date. Andrews No. 2. Double peaked 1. Very fine. 1658 1840 Large date. Andrews No. 5. 4 unites 8 and 0. Extreme- ly fine, nearly

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    Early American Copper Club, 1980 annual convention, auction catalogue, March 28-29-30, 1980

    Highlight: 5 R.l booby head - F12 - tan - clean surfaces except small area of crud 4th - 6th stars and small rim bruise at 13th star. 238. 1839 N.6 R. 2 booby head 1839 N.8 R.l head of '40 - VF30 - dark tan - choice glossy sur- faces ~~ couple very old, small marks near "CENT" 240. 1839 N.9 R. 3 silly head - VF35 - obverse tan with darker area on head, reverse dark tan - bisecting die break quite heavy - only one rim cut at 6th star detracts — attractive. 241. 1839 N . .11 R.l booby head - VF30 - dark tan - dull but choice surfaces - one spot of corrosion at T3. 242. 1839 N.13 R. 3- booby head - F15 - brown - dull but very clean surfaces . 243. 1839 N . 14 R. 3+ booby head - F.15 - dark tan - very clean sur- faces - ^ Just wear. 244. A nic

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    Early American Coppers Convention, Drawbridge Inn, April 20-23, 1995, Cincinnati

    Highlight: NET GRADE COMMENTS 392 1839 N7 2+ 40 35 Booby Head. Some scattered, light circ. marks. Head of 1 840. Brown with choice 395 1839 N8 1 63 63 surfaces. Ex-Stack’s, Lot 66, 1-29- 70; 1984 EAC Sale, Lot 345. Head of 1 840. Brown with some 396 1839 Nil 1 50+ 50+ faded mint red. Choice, lustrous surfaces. Ex-Barney Bluestone’s 91st Sale, Lot 749, 2-16-46; Ken Sartoris; Del Bland; Superior, Robbie Brown, Lot 894, 10-1-86. Booby Head. Medium brown with 397 1839 N12 5 20 12 choice surfaces. Booby Head. Dark steel-brown but 398 1839 N13 2 40

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    Auction catalogue no. 68 : United States coins ... [11/14/1950]

    Highlight: The booby head. Another popular coin always in demand. Considerable red, XF-40 7.50 449 — N-6. Booby head. VF-20 4.00 450— N-7. Booby head. VF-30 6.00 451 — N-8. Type of 1840. A splendid coin with con- siderable red. It is MS-60 12.50 453 — N-10. The booby head. Splendid MS-65 con- dition with considerable mint bloom 12.50 454 — N-11. Booby head. Another splendid coin, Much original red 12.00 Cents of 1840 455 — N-1 . Point of bust to the right of right edge of 1; left base of 1 very high over center of den- ticle. Figure 8 entirely under bust. VF-30 $ 3.00 456 — N-2. Small date, figure 1 has two peaks, its left base is close over right edge of denticle, 8 heavily outlined, a small 8 struck over a larger 8. A splendid coin, MS-60, considerable red 8.00 457 — N-3. Small date. Left base of 1

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    The 2009 EAC Convention Sale

    Highlight: Booby Headt diagonal scratch under EN in CENT and a minor planchet lamination through that C, as struck. The obverse is unmarked, nearly flawless. Glossy light chocolate brown with a small splash of reddish brown toning at the bottom of the E in UNITED. EDS with a bisecting die crack across the obverse, and the crack is strong on this example. A nice example for the grade. 397. 1839 N-15 R6- F12. Booby Head. Slightly sharper with a few too many tiny contact marks for the higher grade, none notable or at all distracting. A tiny pinprick well above the right top of the N in ONE is a good identifying mark for this cent. Mostly glossy chocolate brown. There is some shallow dirt in protected areas on both sides and a small spot of microscopic roughness in the

    The auction sale catalog for the April 2009 Convention of the Early American

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    United States Gold, Silver and Copper Coins: Featuring Additional Selections From The Estate of Floyd T. Starr

    Highlight: Booby Head Die states as Brown:893. Ex Gaskill Collection. 1257 1839 N.8. Petite Head. Very Good-8. Rarity 1; 1839 N.9. Silly Head. Fine-12. Rarity 2. 2 pieces. 1258 1839 N.9. Silly Head. Rarity 2. Very Fine-35. Dark brown, nearly black, fields; lighter brown high points. Surfaces microscopically granular. Die states as Brown:895, denticles very soft due to regrinding of the dies. 1259 1839 N.ll. Booby Head. About Uncirculated-55. Rarity 1. Re-colored. Three obverse rim splits at lower left. Die states as Brown:897.

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    The Cardinal Collection

    Highlight: 201 3 Frosty Gem RB 1839 Booby Head N-11 Cent Tied For Finest RB of the Date 13058. 1839 Modified Matron Head Cent. N-11. Rarity-1. Noyes Die State B/B. Booby Head. MS-66 RB (PCGS). CAC. Die Variety: Newcomb-1 1 is one of 1 5 varieties of the date. Booby Head. Beaded Hair Cord. The obverse die was also used for Newcomb-15, and the reverse die was also used for Newcomb-6. The Booby Head variety offered here is distinguished by Miss Liberty's shoulder which parts the hair strands at the back of Liberty's neck. Die State: Somewhat later die state with the dentils on both sides soft. Strike: Bold throughout with sharp star centers and full wreath details. Surfaces: The obverse is fully mint orange with no dark areas and displays intense cartwheel activity, while the reverse enjoys lus- trous

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    The Twin Leaf Collection of United States Large Cents

    Highlight: 2015 Nearly Full Red 1839 Newcomb-5 The Finest Known Booby Head The Finest Graded Coronet Cent at PCGS 2319 1839 N-5. Booby Head. Rarity-2. Noyes Die State-B/B. MS-67RB (PCGS). A simply magnificent Coronet Head cent, and the finest Booby Head known. One is at once struck by the unusually high degree of mint red remaining on the surface, probably about 85%. The obverse has uniformly mellowed just slightly to a warm rosy orange and the evenness of the color is remarkable. Micro flecks of deeper toning may be detected with a glass, but they blend in nicely without. The reverse is more intense, full orange red with just a trace of olive on some of the high points. Very fresh surfaces with barely any marks seen of any kind. Strong cartwheel luster throughout. Struck from the later states of

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    The Northern Bay Collection: Part II

    Highlight: 1839 BOOBY HEAD LARGE CEN T Lot No. 3592 3592 1839 N.6. Booby Head. Detail of Choice About Uncirculated-58 or better. Expertly cleaned and retoned with faint evidence of hairlines in the fields. Boldly struck throughout, with virtually no evidence of wear on the high points of the design. Dark brown on the obverse, the reverse similar but with some greenish-brown on the right. One faint scuff resides above the first star, and a very trivial pin scratch extends through the field from below Liberty’s chin nearly to the second star. Tiny planchet laminations are evident on the re- verse from the rim through ‘N’ of UNITED. Oth- ers of less importance are also present. Later die state with cracks on the reverse. Despite the old cleaning, this is a very attractive Cent. DELIGHTFUL 1839 N.13 BOOB

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    The New York Connoisseur's Collection

    Highlight: Booby Head. MS-64 BN (NGC) . Lustrous and even medium brown with smooth, attractive surfaces. Tiny flaw in denticles outside star 2, little spot atop hair near star 9, no major nicks or distractions from excellent eye appeal. Perfect for a high-grade date collector. PCGS #001751 122 1839 N-5. Rarity-2. Booby Head. MS-61 BN (NGC). Appeal- ing medium brown with smooth surfaces and most lustre remaining. Only minor marks, a hint of verdigris on the reverse, a pleasing way to represent the popular Booby Head type. PCGS #001751 123 1839 N-ll. Rarity-1. Booby Head. MS-63 BN (NGC). Spec- tacular deep olive and blue with rich cartwheel lustre. A piece for a “color set” showing all the different permutations of natural (not artificial) color on large cents. Some light, hidden specks are seen in the

    Auction catalogue of American Numismatic Rarities, LLC.

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    The Cent Book: 1816-1839

    /1992

    Highlight: 13 Booby Head, Scratch before Ear Obverse 13: Booby Head; exposed shoulder. Short coronet point parallels L. In date, 8 is a hair low. A fine graver scratch cuts across the lowest point of the curl before ear (visible only on nice VF and better). The “raised center cir- cle” peculiar to the Booby Head type is plainest on this die, its left loop curving thru the curl before ear. The ninth star is boldly doubled along the right side of its lowest point as on most other Booby Head dies. No Underline, No Berry at TE(D) Reverse K: No underline below CENT. Though the stem is bold and complete, there is no outer berry below TE(D) (diagnostic). The inner ‘berry’ to right of CENT is questionable — a mere lump. Several berries are disjoint, and a few are doubled. CENT has a notch- topped T from a

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    Kagin's 347th Sale: The G.M. "Pat" Patterson Sale

    Highlight: Booby Head, MS-60. Beautiful lustrous brown surfaces with traces of mint red on both sides. A darkish spot opposite chin. Another on wreath left of O in ONE. Some tiny defects in central reverse. From Empire Coin Co., July 1965; Del Bland, June 1969. 1237 1839, N-8, R-l, type of 1840, VF-35. Sharper but there are traces of light verdigris throughout the reverse, especially through TATES OF A. Otherwise problem free. Medium dark steel brown. 1238 1839, N-9, R-2, Silly Head, VF-30. Sharpness of MS-60 but whizzed years ago leaving the surfaces uniformly rough. A wide line-like flan defect on the left side of star 7. Medium light steel brown with some artificial red showing. From Dick Tirrell. 1239 1839, N-9, R-2, Silly Head, VF-25. Sharpness of EF-45 but under magnification the surfaces seem

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    E-Gobrecht, vol. 5, no. 11

    1/11/2009

    Highlight: This was followed by two less successful 1839 renditions nicknamed the Silly Head and the Booby Head. Unlike the previous, both display a protruding curl on the forehead. The Booby Head however shows no hair at all at the lower right of Miss Liberty’s coiffure. The 1839 Silly Head and Booby Head Large Cents Detail showing Silly Head with curl at lower right And Booby Head with bare area at lower right Gobrecht made still another modification on the large cent in 1839, known today as the Pe- tite Head. This became the standard smaller head type large cent appearing on the large cents from 1840 on. (Continued on page 8)

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    1974 Cumulative index of penny-wise, vol. 1-7

    1/1/1974

    Highlight: DEFINITION 1 1 75 BOOBY HEAD VARIFTY, APPELLATION. QUERY VI I 47 BOOBY HEAD VARIETY. APPELLATION, RESPONSE VII 98 BOOBY HE A O VARIFTY. APPFLLATJ ON, RFSPONSF VI I t 0 8 BOOBY HFAO VARIFTY, OFF I N I T I ON I 36 BOOBY HEAD VARIETY, DEFINITION 1 1 75 BOOBY HEAD VARIFTY, DESCRIPTION AND ILLUSTRATION 1 1 1 1 1 4

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    Penny-Wise, Vol. 13, No. 3(72)

    15/5/1979

    Highlight: The origin of the terms 'silly head' and 'booby head these labels are just whimsical enough to suit the personality of the kind of soul that collects large cent varieties, so they have persisted — and I wouldn't presume to suggest a change. No Proof cents are known of this year, but around three hundred MS examples are known. Surprisingly, Mint State 1 839's generally bring out- rageous prices — especially for choice booby head examples, which, though the most common design of the year, represent a one-year type. The variety- collector will find this an impossible year to complete in MS, and quite a challenge in any grade. The one 'rare' type, though obtainabl

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    Penny-Wise, Vol. 13, No. 3(72)

    15/5/1979

    Highlight: Cent 12 Booby Head, long mouth No line, broken stem below TE(D) Nil Obv. 11 : Same die as last, same state or later. Rev. G: No underline. The outer berry below TE(D) is boldly present, but the wreath stem above the berry stem is missing diagnostic. The outer leaftip under ME folds under, showing no point (also diagnostic). The inner berry right of CENT is plain and well-rounded, but does not extend very far. The T of CENT is better-patched than usual, making this the only booby reverse without a notch- topped T . Striking variations: Obverse dentilation begins crisp, weakens as minor flowlining develops. Reverse dentilation remains sharp. Discussion: Rl , common in all grades. 65, 65, 65, 65, 65, 65. Eight or nine 65’s are known, and many 60's. The best one is Winsor-Mehl-REN , followed b

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    Large United States Cents: A Monograph on the Big Copper " Pennies" Coined by the U.S. Government from 1793 to 1857

    /1915

    Highlight: Following this we have what has been termed the “booby” head, which is most readily recognized by the fact that there is no dash under the word CENT on the reverse of the coin. This va- riety may be classed almost as rare as an extremely fine or uncir- culated cent. Last of the varieties we have what is known as the “silly” head, which, like the “booby” head, derives its name from the expression of the face on the coin. The “booby” headuished by the facial expression, as well as by quite a marked difference in the tuft of hair on the fore- head. The “silly” head variety is slightly more plentiful than the “booby” head. And now we come to what is generally known as the 1839 cent with the head (or type) of 1840. This accepted term is, of course, to a

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    E-Gobrecht, vol. 5, no. 11

    1/11/2009

    Highlight: This was followed by two less successful 1839 renditions nicknamed the Silly Head and the Booby Head. Unlike the previous, both display a protruding curl on the forehead. The Booby Head however shows no hair at all at the lower right of Miss Liberty’s coiffure. The 1839 Silly Head and Booby Head Large Cents Detail showing Silly Head with curl at lower right And Booby Head with bare area at lower right Gobrecht made still another modification on the large cent in 1839, known today as the Pe- tite Head. This became the standard smaller head type large cent appearing on the large cents from 1840 on. (Continued on page 8)

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    1974 Cumulative index of penny-wise, vol. 1-7

    1/1/1974

    Highlight: DEFINITION 1 1 75 BOOBY HEAD VARIFTY, APPELLATION. QUERY VI I 47 BOOBY HEAD VARIETY. APPELLATION, RESPONSE VII 98 BOOBY HE A O VARIFTY. APPFLLATJ ON, RFSPONSF VI I t 0 8 BOOBY HFAO VARIFTY, OFF I N I T I ON I 36 BOOBY HEAD VARIETY, DEFINITION 1 1 75 BOOBY HEAD VARIFTY, DESCRIPTION AND ILLUSTRATION 1 1 1 1 1 4

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    Penny-Wise, Vol. 13, No. 3(72)

    15/5/1979

    Highlight: The origin of the terms 'silly head' and 'booby head these labels are just whimsical enough to suit the personality of the kind of soul that collects large cent varieties, so they have persisted — and I wouldn't presume to suggest a change. No Proof cents are known of this year, but around three hundred MS examples are known. Surprisingly, Mint State 1 839's generally bring out- rageous prices — especially for choice booby head examples, which, though the most common design of the year, represent a one-year type. The variety- collector will find this an impossible year to complete in MS, and quite a challenge in any grade. The one 'rare' type, though obtainabl

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    Penny-Wise, Vol. 13, No. 3(72)

    15/5/1979

    Highlight: Cent 12 Booby Head, long mouth No line, broken stem below TE(D) Nil Obv. 11 : Same die as last, same state or later. Rev. G: No underline. The outer berry below TE(D) is boldly present, but the wreath stem above the berry stem is missing diagnostic. The outer leaftip under ME folds under, showing no point (also diagnostic). The inner berry right of CENT is plain and well-rounded, but does not extend very far. The T of CENT is better-patched than usual, making this the only booby reverse without a notch- topped T . Striking variations: Obverse dentilation begins crisp, weakens as minor flowlining develops. Reverse dentilation remains sharp. Discussion: Rl , common in all grades. 65, 65, 65, 65, 65, 65. Eight or nine 65’s are known, and many 60's. The best one is Winsor-Mehl-REN , followed b

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    Large United States Cents: A Monograph on the Big Copper " Pennies" Coined by the U.S. Government from 1793 to 1857

    /1915

    Highlight: Following this we have what has been termed the “booby” head, which is most readily recognized by the fact that there is no dash under the word CENT on the reverse of the coin. This va- riety may be classed almost as rare as an extremely fine or uncir- culated cent. Last of the varieties we have what is known as the “silly” head, which, like the “booby” head, derives its name from the expression of the face on the coin. The “booby” headuished by the facial expression, as well as by quite a marked difference in the tuft of hair on the fore- head. The “silly” head variety is slightly more plentiful than the “booby” head. And now we come to what is generally known as the 1839 cent with the head (or type) of 1840. This accepted term is, of course, to a

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    182nd auction sale of rare coins, medals & tokens, and paper money. [11/10/1951]

    Highlight: Booby head. No line under CENT. Fine. $2.50. 653. 1839 N-6. Booby head. Perfect die. Ex. fine, traces of red toned to olive. $5. 654. 1839 same as last, but die crack through D. Very fine. $3. 655. 1839 N-7. Booby head. High rims caused weak striking of stars & legend. Head well struck up and sharp with considerable original red about head and also on reverse, toning to light olive. $5. 656. 1839 N-8. Type of 1840. Ex. fine, small dent rev. edge. $6. 657. 1839 N-9. Silly head. Line under CENT. Die crack from rim be- tween 5th & 6th stars down across bust below ear to rim be- tween 9 and last star. Uncirculated, attractive lustrous light olive. Rare. Record $20. 658. 1839 same as last. Very fine, steel color. $7.50. 659. 1839 N-10, 12, 13, 14. All Booby heads, d iff. varieties, and rare lot

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    Third auction sale of rare coins, tokens, medals, paper money, etc. [03/18/1932]

    Highlight: Booby head. Beautiful olive with considerable original red. Unc. Gem. From the Wilharm coll. V. rare in such magnificent state of preservation. 1425 1839 A 6. Booby head. Faint die bk. from 2nd star to nose. Unc. Olive. 1426 1839 A 7. Booby head. Unc. Olive and original red. A gem. V. rare. So choice. 1427 1839 A 7. Booby head. Heavy die bk. from edge across face to 4th star. Strictly Fine. V. rare. 1428 1839 A 10. Very bold imp. In high relief. Light steel color. Unc. Rare. 1429 1840 A 5. Lge. date. Med. dark olive. Unc. Very choice. V. Sc. 1430 1841 A 1. Obv. beautiful lustrous light steel color. Rev. Dark olive with considerable original red. Unc. Rare. 1431 1841 A 3. Very small speck of erosion near 9th star. Dull purple proof slightly blended with original red. V. rare Cost $18.00.

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    Early American Coppers Convention, Cape Canaveral, April 6-9, 2000

    Highlight: SHARP- LOT DATE VARIETY RARITY NESS GRADE NET GRADE COMMENTS 376 1839 NIO 3 63 63 Booby Head. Brown with traces of mint red around some devices. Choice, lustrous surfaces. Some traces of brick red toning on obv. Tinv mark between D and S. Removed from an NGC holder graded MS64 Brown. Condition Census #2. AVERAGE++ 377 1839 N12 4+ 5/8 6 Booby Head. Brown but cleaned or heavily brushed. Smooth surfaces. Some circ. marks. AVERAGE 378 1839 N14 3 45 40 Booby Head. Cleaned and re-colored. Smooth, glossy surfaces. Tiny rev. rim nick at 1 1 :00. Some minor circ. marks. AVERAGE 379 380 1839 N15 6- Morgan Dollar Love Token 7 6+ Booby Head. Light brown with smooth, glossy surfaces. Some minor rim bumps and circ. marks. Ex-M & G, 8-19- 95, Lot 262. AVERAGE+ The obv. has

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    The 2008 EAC Convention Sale

    Highlight: Booby Headhet is smooth and offers decent eye appeal. Frosty medium brown and light chocolate with tiny splashes of dark olive brown in the pitted area before the face. LDS with a clear bisecting die crack across the obverse from the dentils at star 4 to the dentils under star 1 1 . One of the sharpest known of the variety, but the tiny pitmarks are an obvious distraction. 530. 1839 N-13 R2 MS60. Booby Head. Lustrous steel and chocolate brown with hints of very faded mint color show ing in some of the protected areas. No notable defects. Excellent eye appeal. EPS. Removed from an NGC slab graded MS64BN (NOC' label included). 531. 1839 N-1

    The auction sale catalog for the May 2008 Convention of the Early American Coppers, Inc., catal

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