Coin Specifications

Category: Draped Bust Cents (1796-1807)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,131,691
Catalog: KM-22
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.89 Grams
Diameter: 29mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1803 1C MS obverse 1803 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The number of cents coined during 1803 was reported as 2,471,353, while the figure above is a reconstruction based on the assumption that much of 1804's mintage was dated 1803. The truth is that no one will ever know how many 1803-dated cents were struck.

There are four major varieties for 1803. These resulted from the use of several obverse dies having either a small or large numeral 3 paired with several reverses having either a small or large value fraction. The only rare combination is that of the Large Date with Small Fraction, S-264. The example illustrated here (S-257) combines a Small Date with a Large Fraction.

Other popular varieties are S-243, which lacks stems to the wreath, and S-249, on which the erroneous fraction 1/000 has been corrected by punching a 1 over the first 0. Neither is rare, but they bring modest premiums for their novelty.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/14/2014

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1803 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 80.00 135 275 425 975 975 1600 1775 2375 2900 3600 4250 7250 12500 18000 34500 47500 - - - -
$ 1075 1750 1950 2600 3250 4000 4750 8000 13500 20000 37500 52500 - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 568
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 67


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2/24/2003 PCGS AU 53   Brown Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 68 $1,208.00
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5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1147 $4,680.00
12/2/2010 PCGS AU 55   Brown Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1147/Lot# 3169 $2,760.00
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4/1/2013 NGC VF 25   Brown Teletrade Auction 3424, 3424/Lot# 1038 $558.13
9/25/2013 PCGS AU 50   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1189/Lot# 4812 $3,055.00
8/8/2014 PCGS VF 35   Brown Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 3142 $1,057.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1803 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base721431863665861284146916341888203822432368252528853281381753671111416877111
951572464398181345152417181938210622842420264530173459433372821303516877110
000000152417181938210622842420264530173459433372821303516877100
000000157918031988217423262472276531493638485091981495616877100
1803 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111111031658195321242355249526993149374746946545823210954111
1111136812881756201022012401256328493348406253117107913910954110
00000012881756201022012401256328493348406253117107913910954100
000000147318542067227824482631299935474378592876691004610954100
1803 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111111365245815581610867127431842895881104711111
111111112183961491457566309695177638814100741104711110
000000112183961491457566309695177638814100741104711100
000000124354271524759326510719180959201105601104711100
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