Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,042,000
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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1872 1C MS obverse 1872 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1872 cent has the fifth lowest mintage in the popular Indian Head series and is thus a very scarce coin across all grades. It is a true rarity in fully red Mint State.

The redemption law passed in 1871 returned countless copper-nickel and bronze cents to the Treasury and limited production of cents solely to replacement pieces and those needed for customers who demanded new pieces. This quaint custom fell by the wayside generations ago, but it was still observed in 1872.

Several die-punching varieties are noted for this date, but its overall rarity limits the amount of premium they command. One particularly popular and rare variety is that having the old Reverse of 1869 with its shallow N in ONE.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1872 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 89.70 174 288 384 522 522 620 650 660 700 730 760 900 990 1380 2470 4580 - - - -
$ 570 680 720 730 770 800 840 990 1090 1520 2720 4900 - -
1872 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 760 800 990 1350 1910 3560 6440 - - - -
$ - - - - - 840 880 1090 1490 2100 3800 7000 - -
1872 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1830 5440 21880 42250 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2010 5900 23600 46000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1065
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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9/15/2003 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 64 $2,875.00
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7/11/2010 NGC Details G Details  Brown Teletrade Auction 2886, 2886/Lot# 1031 $63.25
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12/22/2013 PCGS MS 62   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 147871 $800.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base27835144255167682491199310341062110111271144116012561515213234233886464455056481
302381478592725853938100610431075110911321149119213421720256235774138493158300
000000938100610431075110911321149119213421720256235774138493100
000000965102010521088111811381154122414281926299237314391521800
1872 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base278351442551676824911993103410621101112711441309150518783470427367297857912010526
302381478592725853938100610431075110911321199137416292408373750917105827895880
000000938100610431075110911321199137416292408373750917105827800
000000965102010521088111811381254143917532939400559107481869900
1872 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base278351442551676824911993103410621101112711441547246438927214932614881168901909221500
3023814785927258539381006104310751109113212781852294049997918111771555017624198940
000000938100610431075110911321278185229404999791811177155501762400
000000965102010521088111811381412215834166106862213029162201835800
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