Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 9,889,707
Catalog: KM-67
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.89 Grams
Diameter: 27.5mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1851 1C MS obverse 1851 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The discovery of vast amounts of gold in California lowered this metal's value in relation to silver after 1849, which soon led to the hoarding or exportation of America's silver coins. To fill the void, the U. S. Mint stepped up production of gold dollars and cents, with more than 9 million of the latter struck in 1851. While this has made them very common across most grades, the typical example shows blurry details from overused dies.

There are a total of 45 numbered die marriages for 1851 cents. After the usual deductions for those that are now known to be duplicates in later die states, the net figure is 42. Most of these look almost exactly alike to anyone but a variety specialist, but the one standout is N-3 (photos). On this obverse die the first two numerals of the date were punched upside down and then corrected. An inverted 18 remains clearly visible underneath the 51. This variety is quite common, yet its appeal is such that it brings a premium that advances progressively with each grade.

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Price Guide

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1851 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 21.00 24.00 26.00 34.00 67.00 67.00 130 140 150 175 195 210 250 340 525 900 1700 2900 - - -
$ 75.00 140 150 170 195 210 235 285 375 735 1150 1900 3400 -
1851 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 250 300 425 725 1200 2500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 285 340 500 850 1380 2875 - -
1851 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 625 1950 5750 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 700 2550 6750 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1369
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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7/17/2001 NGC AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21074, 21074/Lot# 4080 $90.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 825 $862.50
9/6/2007 NGC MS 66   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 175, 181/Lot# 8132 $954.50
7/19/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Teletrade Auction 2891, 2891/Lot# 1008 $17.00
1/3/2011 NGC MS 65   Brown Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 93 $1,864.15
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1151/Lot# 9222 $333.50
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 7161 $440.63
9/29/2013 PCGS VF 25   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/29/2013, 94/Lot# 141025 $34.09


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base341596776143255351378395420437450477502802117316093009510881551
1547617098180287360383403425441459485602925131820753708612381550
000000287360383403425441459485602925131820753708612300
0000003193693894114314454684937021049146325424408713900
1851 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111201366389406429445463502563882145017533639416461401
11111672563733944134344514765226691071155123813814482261400
0000002563733944134344514765226691071155123813814482200
0000003113814004214394574895427751260165230103989548100
1851 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111111227351507597663783106615052525328156567759117991
111111176268403537619703877121218452777407263579105117990
00000017626840353761970387712121845277740726357910500
0000001151309455567641743971135821853029486470581045200
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Grade: MS 67* BN
Points: 3524
Owner: Zakmar
 
Grade: MS 67 BN
Points: 3009
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
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