Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,462,700
Catalog: KM-67
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.89 Grams
Diameter: 27.5mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1840 1C MS obverse 1840 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Walter Breen split the reported mintage of 1840 cents into 1,534,093 for the six Large Date varieties and 928,597 for the five Small Dates. He did this based on the delivery figures for that year and the presumption that the Large Dates were coined first. This is a reasonable conclusion, since the Small Date is transitional with 1841, and one obverse die (N-2) shows a small numeral 8 punched over the large 8 placed there earlier before the final two numerals were added (photos).

Both major varieties are common in grades shy of MS RB, though the die marriages N-4 and -7 are moderately scarce. The overpunched variety N-2 features is common, but its popularity earns for it a slight premium.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/14/2014

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1840 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 22.00 25.00 30.00 50.00 125 125 215 260 335 370 400 425 525 725 1150 3450 6500 8250 - - -
$ 140 235 300 370 400 440 455 575 775 1250 3750 7500 9000 -
1840 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 690 980 1600 5000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 760 1080 1800 5500 - - -
1840 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2160 4440 10630 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2380 4800 11500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 287
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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3/13/2005 NGC MS 63   Brown Teletrade Auction 2012, 2012/Lot# 1002 $352.00
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 14 $4,025.00
6/1/2011 NGC AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1156/Lot# 7199 $517.50
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6/9/2013 NGC XF 45   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131325/Lot# 22955 $141.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7276941232013364505886156557648208741021134515893251370842177270117211
73821031492463744965976286917828389231129142621433403387752348753117210
000000496597628691782838923112914262143340338775234875300
0000005426066417278018569721237150726973555404762521023700
1840 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base941191231552484045346907217647838208741381168724263751414544097666122841
10212013318630044758670073577079583810431483193328673882423354949205122840
0000005867007357707958381043148319332867388242335494920500
00000063871074977680785612121585217933094013432165801074400
1840 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333332885005515846316637097859211206227126863559499011
333339835851756259964167873483010161561240929774036499010
00000035851756259964167873483010161561240929774036499000
00000042953457361565269375987511111916254732684513499000
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Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 3251
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
Grade: AU 58 BN
Points: 764
Owner: mania
 
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