Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 960
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 PF obverse 1871 1C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The proof cents of 1871 come with either the Shallow N reverse (photos) or the Bold N reverse. While the former is highly sought for the currency pieces, the proofs are not generally collected by varieties.

1871 proof cents, like all denominations of this date, were rather poorly made. The polishing of the dies was heavy-handed, leaving a slightly dished effect at the peripheries and almost no contrast between fields and devices. Examples certified with cameo contrast are indeed rarities. Also quite elusive are pieces displaying full red color that is original (most "red" proofs have been cleaned at one time and will not receive numeric grades).

The total number of 1871 proof cents sold in unknown, as the additional coins sold outside of the 960 silver proof sets were in documents destroyed by the Mint in 1925.

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Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1871 1C PF Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 300 360 420 525 700 1530 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 330 400 460 580 770 1680 - -
1871 1C PF Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 420 528 760 1190 2570 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 460 580 840 1310 2800 - -
1871 1C PF Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 480 600 1090 2750 10210 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 530 660 1200 3250 11000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 198
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66


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3/10/1999 NGC Proof 65   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 1142, 1142/Lot# 1061 $945.00
7/27/2002 PCGS Proof 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2002 July New York, NY Signature Sale #296, 296/Lot# 6046 $1,782.50
6/27/2005 NGC Proof 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 102 $431.25
1/9/2008 NGC Proof 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 388 $862.50
10/22/2009 NGC Proof 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2009 October Signature US Coin Auction #1130, 1130/Lot# 130 $2,254.00
9/4/2011 PCGS Proof 65   Red Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 693 $1,955.00
7/27/2013 NGC Proof 65   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30082 $940.00
8/25/2013 NGC Details Proof Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131336/Lot# 24555 $270.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 1C PF Brown
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1871 1C PF Red Brown
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1871 1C PF Red
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1871 1C PF Brown, Cameo
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1871 1C PF Red Brown, Cameo
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1871 1C PF Red, Cameo
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1871 1C PF Red Brown, Ultra Cameo
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1871 1C PF Red, Ultra Cameo
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