Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 800
Catalog: KM-87
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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1859 1C PF obverse 1859 1C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The figure of 800 proofs is merely an estimation, and the surviving population is clearly lower. The records of proof minor coin sales before 1878 were destroyed in 1925, and researchers have had to reconstruct this information.

Extremely popular as the only date in the series having this first style of wreath, the proof 1859 cent is more expensive than its actual rarity would otherwise warrant. Most examples are well made, with bright fields and some degree of cameo contrast, but all too many suffer from the spotting evident in the examples illustrated.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/10/2014

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1859 1C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 570 690 1050 1590 2900 4650 8250 19750 - - -
$ - - - - - 630 760 1160 1750 3250 5100 9500 22800 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 189
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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12/15/1997 NGC Proof 64   Teletrade Auction 1006, 1006/Lot# 1012 $1,620.00
2/22/2001 PCGS Proof 64   Heritage Auctions 2001 February Long Beach Signature Sale #248, 248/Lot# 5440 $1,897.50
1/8/2003 PCGS Proof 65   Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 5475 $3,795.00
2/27/2006 PCGS Proof 64   Teletrade Auction 2168, 2168/Lot# 1003 $2,184.00
9/10/2006 NGC Proof 66   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1033 $5,060.00
8/25/2010 PCGS Proof 65   Teletrade Auction 2913, 2913/Lot# 1023 $3,450.00
11/3/2010 NGC Proof 64   Cameo Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 1016 $2,875.00
1/6/2011 NGC Proof 63   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 547, 554/Lot# 5004 $2,317.25
3/30/2014 PCGS Proof 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 164828 $2,071.30


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 1C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333609865116613331583179922402900357947096840961433
3333333205694965122114161655194624603126395554197764961430
0000003205694965122114161655194624603126395554197764961400
00000034077791065127714991727209326803352433261298689961400
1859 1C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333380711211483168319802233274835144293558079821107633
333333327191112411549178220642404300337734722638090131107630
000000327191112411549178220642404300337734722638090131107600
00000035391016136216161881214825763258403351517181100441107600
1859 1C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333397413331744196923022585315840044860626688731220833
3333333326109314701819208023962776344042895328713599841220830
0000003326109314701819208023962776344042895328713599841220800
00000036501213160718942191249029673722457457978004110961220800
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