Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 309,000
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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1909 S INDIAN 1C MS obverse 1909 S INDIAN 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint cents of 1909 had the lowest production of any currency issue in the Indian Head series. Production ceased early in the year and was not resumed before the new Lincoln Cent dies were ready in early summer.

Collectors and speculators, aware of this issue's low mintage and last-year status, hoarded examples almost from the outset. As a result, Mint State and moderately worn coins are not nearly as rare as one would expect from such a diminutive output. The only rarities for the 1909-S Indian Head Cent are heavily worn pieces, as so few escaped detection long enough to wear down. Also somewhat scarce, though not truly rare, are fully red gems. In this case "red" is a relative term, as uncleaned Mint State pieces actually have a golden or brassy color, often with woodgrain toning streaks.

There are no varieties known for this issue, since it required so few dies. The typical piece is weakly struck at the feather tips, and this defect is one of several tests for authenticity of this often counterfeited or altered date.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1909 S INDIAN 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 445 465 510 585 700 700 840 890 930 960 990 1020 1100 1190 1220 1560 2310 - - - -
$ 770 920 980 1020 1060 1090 1120 1210 1310 1340 1720 2540 - -
1909 S INDIAN 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1060 1130 1380 1910 2840 3610 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 1170 1240 1520 2100 3100 3900 - -
1909 S INDIAN 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1170 1440 2500 5590 12900 91000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1290 1580 2700 6000 15000 98000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2931
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66


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2/9/2006 NGC AU 55   Brown Heritage Auctions 2006 February Long Beach Signature Auction #400, 400/Lot# 217 $632.50
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1013 $1,840.00
5/30/2010 PCGS XF 40   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1189 $672.00
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3/31/2011 NGC AU 58   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 431 $805.00
12/11/2011 PCGS VF 25   Brown Teletrade Auction 3187, 3187/Lot# 1100 $517.50
6/16/2013 PCGS VF 20   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131326/Lot# 24018 $423.00
5/18/2014 NGC VF 25   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 804, 813/Lot# 10306 $500.00
7/6/2014 PCGS AU 58   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 202284 $800.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 S INDIAN 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base301381477591725879971105710841101112711441152116812091416179019692279279433904077
327413515635776909999106610891109113211461157118112781540184920722450299236190
000000999106610891109113211461157118112781540184920722450299200
0000001028107510951118113811491162119513471665190921752622319100
1909 S INDIAN 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base301381477591725879971105710841101112711441160120112481589201723734008478356646659
327413515635776909999106610891109113211491173121613611731213529184266507659950
000000999106610891109113211491173121613611731213529184266507600
0000001028107510951118113811541187123214751874225434634524537000
1909 S INDIAN 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3013814775917258799711057108411011127114411601248146120013167456971438322963811102
3274135156357769099991066108911091132114911891319164123893634542775368760101260
000000999106610891109113211491189131916412389363454277536876000
0000001028107510951118113811541218139018212778410162857929919900
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