Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 39,208,000
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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1881 1C MS obverse 1881 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue is quite common in worn condition and seemingly available in most Mint State grades, as well. As with any old copper coins, however, fully red survivors are rare.

There are no popular varieties for this date, yet the date impression is itself a variety of sort. The engraver attempted to simulate a curving date by punching numerals 81 at a slight tilt to the first 18. The resulting coins are thus transitional between the straight date of previous years and the curving dates of subsequent years.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1881 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2.50 3.60 5.75 8.05 17.25 17.25 27.60 31.20 37.20 44.40 49.20 54.00 63.60 84.00 156 231 325 - - - -
$ - 31.00 35.00 42.00 50.00 55.00 60.00 71.00 94.00 175 250 360 - -
1881 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 64.80 74.40 132 256 350 572 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 73.00 83.00 148 280 390 630 - -
1881 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 138 240 425 1000 2760 21450 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 155 260 470 1100 3000 23200 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 707
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


Upcoming Auctions

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4/22/2014 MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131416/Lot# 20012
4/27/2014 MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 8308


Auction Prices Realized

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11/4/2004 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2004 November Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #358, 358/Lot# 5236 $603.75
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 65   Red Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 875 $747.50
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 14 $264.50
6/26/2008 PCGS MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2008 June West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature Coin Auction #1110, 1110/Lot# 5133 $138.00
9/5/2010 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 2919, 2919/Lot# 1051 $230.00
5/30/2012 NGC MS 66   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2137 $632.50
6/2/2013 PCGS AG 3   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 119006 $7.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12202841547689102115127139151198230278487593820983126416001999
142232456180931061191311431662082463475226688741076137617330
000000931061191311431662082463475226688741076137600
000000971101231351471822192624175577449281170148800
1881 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base122028415476891021151271391512372683896027259711855229928173418
1422324561809310611913114317924730846064380712652003247130170
0000009310611913114317924730846064380712652003247100
0000009711012313514720825734853168488915602151264400
1881 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12202841547689102115127139151237342667875164924454663552865067607
142232456180931061191311431792724507361133191431844951585468730
000000931061191311431792724507361133191431844951585400
000000971101231351472083075588051391217939235239618000
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