Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 36,400,000
Catalog: KM-87
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 4.67 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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Description & Analysis

The production of cents was quite high in 1859, as the Mint sought to fully retire the old coppers, as well as the assorted foreign coins that had been legal tender in the USA until 1857.

Appearing first as a series of pattern coins dated 1858, the new design which debuted in 1859 was well received by the public. More importantly, perhaps, is that it struck up better than the troublesome Eagle Cents. James B. Longacre had been careful to avoid placing the main design elements directly opposite one another on obverse and reverse, and this facilitated the smooth flow of planchet metal into the die cavities.

This issue is common in all grades short of MS-65, and it is especially popular with type collectors due to the fact that the wreath employed in 1859 was replaced for 1860, making this a one-year-only design. The wreath did, however, find a new life 15 years later on the copper-nickel three-cent piece.

Several die-punching varieties are known for this date, and the most popular ones have been included in The Cherrypickers' Guide to Rare Die Varieties. NGC recognized the three listed at left under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1859 1C MS
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Base $ 12.65 14.95 20.40 48.00 98.40 98.40 168 180 192 210 264 312 475 690 1190 3380 6310 21450 - - -
$ 110 188 202 215 230 290 340 520 760 1310 3700 6800 23200 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1789
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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2/22/2001 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2001 February Long Beach Signature Sale #248, 248/Lot# 5403 $1,552.50
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11/3/2010 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 1017 $2,013.65
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 671 $517.50
9/13/2011 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The September 2011 Philadelphia Americana Sale, 113/Lot# 2337 $1,380.00
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9/15/2013 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/15/2013, 92/Lot# 136869 $168.16


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