Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,383,390
Catalog: KM-67
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.89 Grams
Diameter: 27.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1842 1C MS obverse 1842 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As in 1840, scholar Walter Breen split this year's mintage into 214,945 Small Dates and 2,168,445 Large Dates. He based these figures on published delivery numbers and dates, knowing that the Small Dates came first (this date style was transitional with 1841).

The Small Dates are the scarcer of the two major varieties. Only two die marriages known, though neither of these is rare (N-1 is illustrated above). The Large Dates comprise seven marriages, and all are common except for N-3, -7 and -9, which are moderately scarce.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/14/2014

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1842 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 22.00 25.00 28.00 45.00 110 110 190 200 250 270 290 325 575 800 1250 1850 3750 4750 - - -
$ 125 210 225 270 290 320 350 625 880 1350 2000 4000 5100 -
1842 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 625 1200 2150 3850 7000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 700 1325 2350 4150 7750 - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 269
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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11/15/2014 MS 65  Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 November 14 - 15 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1215/Lot# 3152
11/15/2014 MS 64  Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 November 14 - 15 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection Part V US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1215/Lot# 7161


Auction Prices Realized

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1/25/2004 PCGS MS 64   Brown Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1315 $9,200.00
5/14/2007 NGC MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2007 May US Coin Online Session #435, 435/Lot# 7099 $431.25
3/29/2010 PCGS AU 55   Brown Teletrade Auction 2831, 2831/Lot# 1004 $264.50
4/8/2012 NGC Details G Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/08/2012, 17/Lot# 39264 $33.00
6/3/2012 NGC VF 35   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131224/Lot# 24012 $126.50
1/1/2013 NGC MS 64   Brown Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12058 $1,527.50
1/27/2013 PCGS XF 45   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/27/2013, 59/Lot# 92826 $184.80
7/13/2014 PCGS AU 53   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 812, 821/Lot# 8 $200.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base76818910616725833657560970573576482010211483190323423212381762481001812691
7783941261972844155866417157447828871175162320492632341346277504109090
000000415586641715744782887117516232049263234134627750400
000000495597673725754801954132917632195292236155437876100
1842 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7151073764774820847882908941974100510361138123318522483342339224173443748836481
8341073767789829858890919952984101510701169143920622796358940054261458554150
000000890919952984101510701169143920622796358940054261458500
000000899930963994102511041201164522723109375540894349473400
1842 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45047750251552755157559764268470574583892513452033321246465656167623114957195
45948550651953555958261265669171877686710651574242636904982935821557398310
0000005826126566917187768671065157424263690498293582155700
00000058962767069873180789612051803281941685319130602635300
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Grade: MS 67 BN
Points: 3817
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 2342
Owner: AKSHCC
 
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