Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 49,840,000
Catalog: KM-90
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 4.67 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1863 1C MS obverse 1863 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

With silver coins worth more than their face value in green backs and thus unable to circulate, the Mint cranked out vast numbers of cents during 1863 in an attempt to provide small change. The mintage for 1863 cents set a record for a single emission that lasted until 1890. Desperate merchants took to bagging these coins in amounts of 25 or 50 cents as replacements for quarters and halves, a practice that lasted until fractional paper money filled the void.

With nearly 50 million cents coined in 1863, the dies were overworked, and many examples surviving in Mint State show noticeable die erosion. Examples in all grades short of MS-65 are nonetheless plentiful.

Popular varieties for this date are listed at left.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1863 1C MS
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Base $ 8.05 9.20 10.80 15.60 28.80 28.80 61.20 64.80 74.40 90.00 96.00 115 175 225 394 1030 3120 9430 - - -
$ 32.00 69.00 73.00 83.00 101 108 129 196 250 430 1130 3400 10200 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2242
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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9/6/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 195 $230.00
9/29/2004 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1942, 1942/Lot# 1011 $41.00
3/6/2008 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 227, 233/Lot# 5012 $115.00
9/22/2010 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 8203 $322.00
1/24/2012 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 8173 $299.00
12/29/2013 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/29/2013, 170/Lot# 156284 $836.00
8/8/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21100 $49.35


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