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Cigars by the numbers

Q. Why are some cigars numbered as #2, #4, etc.?
– M. Saleem in IL
A. As far as the numbers assigned to certain cigars, there seems to be a correlation among certain sizes which most likely originated in Cuba.

A “No.2″ is often a Pyramid (roughly 6½” x 52). A “No.4″ is generally a Corona (5½” x 44). A “No.1″ is usually a Churchill (7” x 50), or similar, large-sized cigar, although after researching Perelmans’ Pocket Cyclopedia of Havana Cigars, the No. 1 is assigned to a variety of sizes, as is the No.2 in some cases. Another observation I made in the book was that a “No.3″ in most cases seems to be a Petite Corona, usually around 4½” x 38.

I’m sure that additional research would find more conclusive evidence as to how the “number system” was originally devised, but it seems that, like the names assigned to various frontmarks, the numbers are also assigned at the discretion of the manufacturer.

If anyone reading this would like to share their knowledge on this particular subject, please send me an email and I’ll post a follow-up.

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Gary Korb has been writing and editing content for CigarAdvisor.com since its debut in 2008. An avid cigar smoker for over 30 years, during the past 12 years he has worked on the marketing side of the premium cigar business as a Sr. Copywriter, blogger, and cigar reviewer. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, prior to his career in the cigar business, Gary worked in the music and video industry as a marketer and a publicist.

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