Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,929,500
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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1871 1C MS obverse 1871 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1871 cent is a semi-key issue in the Indian Head series, with the fourth lowest mintage after 1909-S, 1877 and 1908-S. Examples are very scarce in all grades.

The issue of redundancy in minor coins was finally addressed by Congress this year with passage of a redemption bill that permitted holders of excessive cents to redeem them when presented in large quantities. These returned cents were not recirculated, but instead were melted and the recovered metal reused. This helps to explain the rarity of certain earlier cents, and it also explains the very low production during 1871 and for much of that decade.

With its low mintage, there are few varieties for the 1871 cent. One that is highly sought is the Reverse of 1869 in which letter N of ONE is shallow.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1871 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 75.90 105 228 288 384 384 426 456 510 528 540 564 680 720 970 1530 2930 - - - -
$ 420 470 500 560 580 590 620 750 790 1070 1680 3200 - -
1871 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 564 588 680 930 1380 2280 3970 - - - -
$ - - - - - 620 650 750 1020 1520 2510 4300 - -
1871 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 680 880 1470 3280 7840 47450 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 750 970 1620 3500 8500 51000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 907
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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4/27/2014 MS 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 8279
4/27/2014 MS 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1204/Lot# 3030


Auction Prices Realized

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6/5/2002 NGC MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2002 June Long Beach Signature Sale #292, 292/Lot# 5147 $5,290.00
11/4/2004 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2004 November Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #358, 358/Lot# 5206 $862.50
2/11/2007 PCGS AU 58   Brown Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 951 $460.00
10/28/2009 PCGS G 6   Brown Teletrade Auction 2764, 2764/Lot# 1030 $80.50
9/9/2010 NGC G 4   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 513, 520/Lot# 7035 $80.50
6/9/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 115195 $225.50
8/30/2013 PCGS F 15   Brown Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4208 $199.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2623364235246487918759549881011104410661084111011931345205627133104374844865327
2863654565656958199019659951022105110721092113712431582227528433318399447660
0000009019659951022105110721092113712431582227528433318399400
00000092797610031033105810781101116512941819249429733533424000
1871 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2623364235246487918759549881011104410661084119312711589264333155375633374138623
2863654565656958199019659951022105110721120121913771940286740015694669378160
0000009019659951022105110721120121913771940286740015694669300
00000092797610031033105810781156124514832291309146886013705300
1871 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base26233642352464879187595498810111044106610841345146123885825763812476142421618818323
2863654565656958199019659951022105110721171138317703533642992501306414890168990
000000901965995102210511072117113831770353364299250130641489000
00000092797610031033105810781258142220794679703310863136531553900
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