Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 6,420,000
Catalog: KM-90a
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1869 1C MS obverse 1869 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

A redundancy of cents in circulation drove down the demand for additional pieces, and this ushered in a four-year stretch of low mintage issues beginning in 1869. This date is highly sought across all grades, and Mint State red pieces are quite rare.

Two of the three repunched date varieties listed at left are quite similar in appearance yet very different in rarity. The more popular one is FS-301 (Snow-3), which is rare only in high grades. VP-003 (Snow-4) is nearly indistinguishable and often mis-attributed as the more common variety. The most certain way to tell them apart is by comparing the relative position of numeral 1 to the denticles below it.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1869 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 69.00 108 216 270 408 408 468 480 528 540 564 620 650 720 940 1280 2180 - - - -
$ 450 510 530 580 590 620 680 720 790 1030 1410 2400 - -
1869 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 588 650 700 900 1410 1840 2670 - - - -
$ - - - - - 650 720 770 990 1550 2020 2900 - -
1869 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 780 1050 1720 5400 23730 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 860 1160 1890 5800 25600 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1247
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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4/27/2014 XF 45   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 8269
4/27/2014 MS 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 8273
4/27/2014 AU 55   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 8271


Auction Prices Realized

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1/8/2003 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 5312 $1,035.00
3/24/2005 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2005 March Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #368, 368/Lot# 5090 $977.50
2/26/2007 NGC MS 65   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 128, 133/Lot# 27 $1,150.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2420 $1,380.00
4/4/2010 PCGS G 6   Brown Teletrade Auction 2833, 2833/Lot# 1053 $69.00
4/15/2012 NGC XF 45   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/15/2012, 18/Lot# 30710 $353.10
10/17/2012 PCGS XF 45   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24119 $300.15


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base237304384482595729809884911930956974993103911271264176223582711329539674736
2593304165196397558348939179389629801008106811721430196024752905351942230
0000008348939179389629801008106811721430196024752905351900
0000008599029239479689861023109712181596215925933100374300
1869 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base237304384482595729809884911930956974993129613811619207929804893578868007937
2593304165196397558348939179389629801094132414601772237936175191612571790
0000008348939179389629801094132414601772237936175191612500
0000008599029239479689861195135215391925267942555489646200
1869 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base23730438448259572980988491193095697499313451416164935104773827295831104112658
259330416519639755834893917938962980111013681493226939315939870910069115800
00000083489391793896298011101368149322693931593987091006900
00000085990292394796898612271392157128894352710591461055500
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