Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 9,889,707
Catalog: KM-67
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.89 Grams
Diameter: 27.5mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1851 1C MS obverse 1851 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The discovery of vast amounts of gold in California lowered this metal's value in relation to silver after 1849, which soon led to the hoarding or exportation of America's silver coins. To fill the void, the U. S. Mint stepped up production of gold dollars and cents, with more than 9 million of the latter struck in 1851. While this has made them very common across most grades, the typical example shows blurry details from overused dies.

There are a total of 45 numbered die marriages for 1851 cents. After the usual deductions for those that are now known to be duplicates in later die states, the net figure is 42. Most of these look almost exactly alike to anyone but a variety specialist, but the one standout is N-3 (photos). On this obverse die the first two numerals of the date were punched upside down and then corrected. An inverted 18 remains clearly visible underneath the 51. This variety is quite common, yet its appeal is such that it brings a premium that advances progressively with each grade.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/14/2014

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1851 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 21.00 24.00 26.00 34.00 67.00 67.00 130 140 150 175 195 210 250 340 550 900 1700 2900 - - -
$ 75.00 140 150 170 195 210 235 285 375 735 1150 1900 3400 -
1851 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 250 300 425 750 1200 2500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 285 340 500 850 1380 2875 - -
1851 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 625 1950 5750 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 700 2550 6750 - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1427
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


Upcoming Auctions

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10/21/2014 MS 63  Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131442/Lot# 25603
11/10/2014 MS 64  Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(5), 1211/Lot# 7096
11/15/2014 MS 63  Red 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# 7192
11/15/2014 MS 63  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# 7182
11/15/2014 MS 63  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# 7189


Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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9/2/1998 NGC MS 64   Brown Teletrade Auction 1082, 1082/Lot# 1059 $218.00
2/8/2005 NGC AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #25023, 25023/Lot# 11022 $138.00
7/9/2007 NGC MS 66   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 157, 162/Lot# 65 $897.00
6/1/2011 NGC VF 20   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1156/Lot# 7262 $89.00
7/26/2012 NGC MS 62   Brown Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 4302 $881.25
12/1/2013 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 154692 $52.00
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 65   Brown Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 862 $1,351.25
6/27/2014 PCGS MS 64   Brown Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1184 $505.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base76859810613920126245047750256360964272589111731609226830575115815810515
79891001171592213244594855225786206697809851318182825313743612989430
0000003244594855225786206697809851318182825313743612900
00000038746849354259363169783510791463204827944429714300
1851 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base102123143163183237304477502527597663725820102814211886275433961886885711304
10912914916920125936148551055061968375688911591576217529683396420996720
00000036148551055061968375688911591576217529683396420900
00000041949351857364170478895812901731246431823396653300
1851 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12314318323728836642355162072582090899011931303243340644239566577671180014751
12915620125431438546557465575684993510571229167929764122471463659111127830
0000004655746557568499351057122916792976412247146365911100
00000050859769078887896211251266205635204180518970661045500
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Grade: MS 67 BN
Points: 3524
Owner: Zakmar
 
Grade: MS 67 BN
Points: 3057
Owner: Electric Peak Collection
 
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