Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 28,075,000
Catalog: KM-90
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 4.67 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1862 1C MS obverse 1862 1C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The coinage of cents rose in 1862 from the previous year's total, because uncertainty over the outcome of the Civil War and the value of paper money prompted their hoarding. In an attempt to counter the rapid depletion of cents in circulation, the Philadelphia Mint stepped up production. The new coins were hoarded just as readily as the old ones, and this had led to a high survival rate for Mint State 1862 cents.

Walter Breen reported the use of 197 obverse dies and 396 reverse dies for 1862 cents. Surprisingly, this high number resulted in very few varieties. The doubled-die reverse listed at left is the most desirable of these.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/15/2014

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1862 1C MS
Base $ 8.05 9.20 10.80 15.60 28.80 28.80 62.40 68.40 80.40 94.80 99.60 110 175 231 425 1060 2700 13330 - - -
$ 32.00 70.00 77.00 90.00 106 112 124 196 250 470 1170 6465 14400 -
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Total Graded: 1749
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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9/2/2014 XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131435/Lot# 21439
9/2/2014 UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131435/Lot# 21012
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9/2/2014 MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131435/Lot# 21441
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9/24/1997 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 0983, 983/Lot# 1023 $119.90
6/5/2002 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2002 June Long Beach Signature Sale #292, 292/Lot# 5064 $862.50
9/15/2003 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 52 $920.00
5/20/2006 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #66054, 66054/Lot# 24006 $1,265.00
9/9/2012 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/09/2012, 39/Lot# 66292 $201.30
12/17/2013 PCGS MS 66   Bonhams Coins and Medals Featuring the Robbins Collection of US Gold Coins, 21037/Lot# 1026 $3,276.00
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 788, 797/Lot# 509 $350.00
7/11/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5146 $88.13

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