Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,462,700
Catalog: KM-67
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.89 Grams
Diameter: 27.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1840 1C MS obverse 1840 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Walter Breen split the reported mintage of 1840 cents into 1,534,093 for the six Large Date varieties and 928,597 for the five Small Dates. He did this based on the delivery figures for that year and the presumption that the Large Dates were coined first. This is a reasonable conclusion, since the Small Date is transitional with 1841, and one obverse die (N-2) shows a small numeral 8 punched over the large 8 placed there earlier before the final two numerals were added (photos).

Both major varieties are common in grades shy of MS RB, though the die marriages N-4 and -7 are moderately scarce. The overpunched variety N-2 features is common, but its popularity earns for it a slight premium.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/14/2014

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1840 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 22.00 25.00 30.00 50.00 125 125 215 260 335 370 400 425 525 725 1150 3450 6500 8250 - - -
$ 140 235 300 370 400 440 455 575 775 1250 3750 7500 9000 -
1840 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 690 980 1600 5000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 760 1080 1800 5500 - - -
1840 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2160 4440 10630 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2380 4800 11500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 290
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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8/9/2014 MS 61   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7071


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1/12/2005 NGC MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 3739 $1,840.00
4/28/2010 NGC MS 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139, 1139/Lot# 79 $2,185.00
10/11/2010 NGC F 12   Brown Teletrade Auction 2940, 2940/Lot# 1025 $29.00
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 14 $4,025.00
6/1/2011 NGC AU 55   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1156/Lot# 7197 $345.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 60   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24071 $605.13
5/12/2013 PCGS VF 25   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 751, 760/Lot# 506 $75.00
1/19/2014 NGC VF 20   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/19/2014, 185/Lot# 165382 $52.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7689102123201437463695745882941990102811731421184332554290475672761172115252
8093109149279445540711790901957100210761255156123133600444555968757128980
00000054071179090195710021076125515612313360044455596875700
000000617728836921973101511241338170227843945460064361023900
1840 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10212313117125540953970572577479382988213931707246438244149443176721228515371
10912514419930645259471174178080584610521497195929173932424355119209133130
0000005947117417808058461052149719592917393242435511920900
00000064971875778681786412221602221133704040433765911074700
1840 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333332885005515846316637097859211206227126863559499011
333339835851756259964167873483010161561240929774036499010
00000035851756259964167873483010161561240929774036499000
00000042953457361565269375987511111916254732684513499000
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Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 3255
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
Grade: AU 58 BN
Points: 941
Owner: mania
 
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