Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,275,000
Catalog: KM-90a
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1870 1C MS obverse 1870 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Cent production was once again modest in this year, as a glut of existing pieces limited the demand for new ones. Aggravating this situation was the fact that cents were not redeemable when their numbers became excessive, and merchants who accumulated too many would have them refused as bank deposits. This situation was not addressed by Congress until the following year.

A new reverse hub was transitioned during this year. The old hub featured a shallow or depressed letter N in ONE, while the new reverse had this element of equal depth to the rest of the lettering. Very few dies taken from the old hub were used after 1869, and this Reverse of 1869 is rare for 1870 and the next two years.

1870 cents are quite scarce in the higher circulated grades and in Mint State, with fully red examples being genuinely rare.

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Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1870 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 50.60 88.55 210 276 384 384 420 444 480 528 540 582 600 670 790 980 2280 - - - -
$ 420 460 490 530 580 590 640 660 740 870 1080 2510 - -
1870 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 570 600 630 700 1040 1410 2500 - - - -
$ - - - - - 630 660 690 770 1140 1550 2700 - -
1870 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 630 680 920 1500 3840 21450 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 690 750 1010 1650 4100 23200 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 880
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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5/14/2000 NGC MS 64   Brown Teletrade Auction 1307, 1307/Lot# 1008 $392.40
6/25/2007 NGC MS 64   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 153, 158/Lot# 160 $1,495.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2423 $690.00
5/30/2010 PCGS XF 40   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1184 $321.00
8/11/2011 NGC MS 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 9133 $862.50
1/24/2012 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 8206 $862.50
2/2/2012 NGC MS 61   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1167/Lot# 7314 $460.00
4/14/2013 PCGS AU 50   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/14/2013, 70/Lot# 109126 $344.66
3/16/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131412/Lot# 22719 $246.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2092723454345396657398098318478688849059259541193151521692500305136874417
23029637446958168976281683685487389191193410331300173322792683326339300
00000076281683685487389191193410331300173322792683326300
00000078582384186187889891894411131407195123892867347500
1870 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20927234543453966573980983184786888490597410211515205626314387521461527209
23029637446958168976281683685487389192898911851695224732164662552665040
00000076281683685487389192898911851695224732164662552600
000000785823841861878898951100513501875243938014938583900
1870 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base209272345434539665739809831847868884905116615152169357952188938103251186413567
23029637446958168976281683685487389199212821733263941256458940010838124310
0000007628168368548738919921282173326394125645894001083800
00000078582384186187889810791398195131094671769898621135100
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