Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,574,829
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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1855 1C MS obverse 1855 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Production of cents declined sharply in 1855 and never recovered before retiremnt of the large, copper cent two years later. By 1854 these coins were already costing the Mint more than their face value to manufacture, and patterns of lower weight and smaller size were tested throughout 1854-56.

1855 cents come in two major varieties: 10 die marriages feature dates having all Upright numerals (as in N-4 above), while just three marriages display Slanted numerals 55. Both are relatively common in all circulated grades and in Mint State BN or RB. Coins displaying full mint red are not too rare, as small hoards were broken up years ago.

Aside from the two date styles, the only popular variety for this year is N-9, the so-called Knob Ear. A piece broke out of the die just above Liberty's ear, and this void formed a raised lump there on each coin struck from it. As a die marriage N-9 is common, but it's curiosity value brings a modest premium.

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1855 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 21.00 24.00 26.00 31.00 60.00 60.00 125 140 155 170 180 215 250 320 480 825 1750 3000 - - -
$ 66.00 135 155 170 180 205 235 270 355 550 1450 2250 3500 -
1855 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 250 315 390 690 1150 2600 6250 - - -
$ - - - - - - 285 350 440 825 1600 3250 6800 -
1855 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 400 750 1550 3900 8600 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 450 875 2350 4750 11000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1273
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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1/6/1993 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions FUN Bullet Sale #99, 99/Lot# 29 $660.00
2/24/2003 NGC MS 65   Brown Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 88 $546.00
7/26/2003 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore, MD. Signature Sale #328, 328/Lot# 5207 $690.00
5/8/2006 NGC AU 58   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 86, 91/Lot# 16 $126.50
4/17/2011 PCGS AU 50   Brown Teletrade Auction 3049, 3049/Lot# 1029 $126.50
9/29/2013 PCGS AU 53   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131341/Lot# 24778 $129.25
10/27/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/27/2013, 98/Lot# 147561 $31.88
6/30/2014 NGC AU 58   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3488, 6037/Lot# 20011 $128.08


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6772899810615523442347150256058866775282010281427200130095167825610571
6877921001221812974394815215696146957748891161161823373728619690270
0000002974394815215696146957748891161161823373728619600
0000003604554915405786407237979581294180926734447722600
1855 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base85941151231351942855025585936596907298209491309179024264217448260537960
8810111712715422435752056961566970375986310691469200230234305500566880
00000035752056961566970375986310691469200230234305500500
00000042953958163767971678990611891629221436204393552900
1855 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1021111351471592273335756356747477818799251345203332124646565677591179914803
1051191391511812624135956486987588138941065157424263690498263579105128000
000000413595648698758813894106515742426369049826357910500
0000004946156617227698469091205180328194168531970581045200
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Grade: MS 67 BN
Points: 3009
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
Grade: MS 67 BN
Points: 3009
Owner: Princeton Numismatics
 
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