Coin Specifications

Category: Coronet Cents (1816-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 6,370,200
Catalog: KM-45
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.89 Grams
Diameter: 28-29mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1838 1C MS obverse 1838 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1838 cents are very common in worn condition, and even in Mint State the population is quite generous. Only with full red color is this date rare.

As far as varieties go, 1838 is a fairly boring issue, with only minor differences to distinguish the many dies. The huge mintage resulted in 15 die marriages (Newcomb assigned 14 numbers, and two more were subsequently found by others, but his N-13 proved to be a later die state of N-11). N-9 and N-14 are scarce, while the later discoveries N-15 and N-16 are rare. N-2 (photos) is one of the common varieties.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/14/2014

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1838 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 22.00 27.00 33.00 68.00 130 130 235 255 285 320 340 365 400 735 950 1550 3500 - - - -
$ 150 255 270 310 340 360 385 440 800 1050 1700 3950 - -
1838 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 400 415 475 1000 1300 2500 5000 7750 - - -
$ - - - - - 440 450 550 1100 1400 2800 5500 8500 -
1838 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 15000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 794
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/7/1998 PCGS MS 66   Brown Heritage Auctions 1998 F.U.N. Bullet Sale #180, 180/Lot# 14 $935.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 65   Brown Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 823 $1,380.00
10/14/2007 NGC AU 58   Brown Teletrade Auction 2435, 2435/Lot# 1011 $313.60
9/21/2009 NGC MS 65   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7005 $1,081.00
9/22/2010 PCGS AU 50   Brown Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 8154 $166.75
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 67   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 13055 $35,250.00
1/19/2014 NGC   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/19/2014, 185/Lot# 165379 $54.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base341597215125535745048250253255157566377410051393212436756512103571
1547639818528938846048851253855960470085111341636264146207793103570
0000003884604885125385596047008511134163626414620779300
0000004194714955225445676337379281263188031585566907500
1838 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111112624634975195535756317458651193179926434347542579421
11111883294745045305605936697859741395208032114706626479420
0000003294745045305605936697859741395208032114706626400
00000039648551154156761270782510831597236137795065710300
1838 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111112884376207258209901658280744315747707712416191561
11111119633749865575687612122041334848696190885614662191560
0000001963374986557568761212204133484869619088561466200
000000119238755969078893314352424388953086633106361690900
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Grade: MS 66 RB
Points: 2643
Owner: 4ucoin
 
Grade: MS 64 BN
Points: 1005
Owner: AKSHCC
 
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