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: 6/17/2013

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1862 1C MS
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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 2900 14400 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1627
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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4/22/2014 MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131416/Lot# 20008
4/27/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1204/Lot# 3020


Auction Prices Realized

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9/14/2005 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2092, 2092/Lot# 1004 $179.20
12/19/2005 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 December Dallas On Line Session #399, 399/Lot# 7054 $264.50
2/10/2008 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1762 $690.00
9/15/2008 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 283, 289/Lot# 14 $1,840.00
10/7/2012 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/07/2012, 43/Lot# 77610 $17.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24099 $246.75
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 8300 $440.63


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