Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,236,156
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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1854 1C MS obverse 1854 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

A reduction in the weight of United States silver coins in 1853 eased the crisis of small change, and this led to a decline in the numbers of cents coined over the next few years. Though very scarce with full mint red color, 1854 cents are common overall in both circulated and Mint State condition. They make for excellent type coins, as they seem to be better struck from less worn dies than most dates in the 1850s.

There are no varieties of general interest to collectors, and only advanced specialists seek out the many die marriages which are distinguishable by just minor features. There are 30 numbered Newcomb varieties, but one of these (N-15) was later delisted as a duplicate. Rarities include N-4 and N-28 through -30. The common N-23 is illustrated.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/14/2014

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1854 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 21.00 24.00 26.00 33.00 67.00 67.00 125 140 155 170 180 210 250 325 485 800 1750 3150 - - -
$ 75.00 135 155 170 180 205 230 270 360 550 1500 2250 3500 -
1854 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 240 330 390 690 1150 2650 4600 - - -
$ - - - - - - 275 360 440 850 1600 3000 5000 -
1854 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 750 1550 3650 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 875 2000 4000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1031
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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9/13/1997 NGC MS 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 1997 September Long Beach Sale #178, 178/Lot# 6770 $345.00
2/9/2004 PCGS XF 40   Brown Teletrade Auction 1842, 1842/Lot# 1010 $60.50
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 63   Brown Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 158 $287.50
10/26/2005 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 2110, 2110/Lot# 1003 $672.00
11/16/2009 NGC AU 58   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 428, 434/Lot# 14 $115.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 490 $470.00
3/10/2013 PCGS AU 55   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/10/2013, 65/Lot# 104219 $137.50
12/15/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 157613 $14.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base341596776143255351378395420437450477502802117316093009510881551
1547617098180287360383403425441459485602925131820753708612381550
000000287360383403425441459485602925131820753708612300
0000003193693894114314454684937021049146325424408713900
1854 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111201366389406429445463502563882145017533639416461401
11111672563733944134344514765226691071155123813814482261400
0000002563733944134344514765226691071155123813814482200
0000003113814004214394574895427751260165230103989548100
1854 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111111227351507597663783106615052525328156567759117991
111111176268403537619703877121218452777407263579105117990
00000017626840353761970387712121845277740726357910500
0000001151309455567641743971135821853029486470581045200
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Grade: MS 66 BN
Points: 2001
Owner: andold
 
Grade: MS 66 RB
Points: 1753
Owner: 4ucoin
 
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