Coin Specifications

Category: Draped Bust Cents (1796-1807)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,131,691
Catalog: KM-22
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.89 Grams
Diameter: 29mm
Edge: Plain
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1803 1C MS obverse 1803 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The number of cents coined during 1803 was reported as 2,471,353, while the figure above is a reconstruction based on the assumption that much of 1804's mintage was dated 1803. The truth is that no one will ever know how many 1803-dated cents were struck.

There are four major varieties for 1803. These resulted from the use of several obverse dies having either a small or large numeral 3 paired with several reverses having either a small or large value fraction. The only rare combination is that of the Large Date with Small Fraction, S-264. The example illustrated here (S-257) combines a Small Date with a Large Fraction.

Other popular varieties are S-243, which lacks stems to the wreath, and S-249, on which the erroneous fraction 1/000 has been corrected by punching a 1 over the first 0. Neither is rare, but they bring modest premiums for their novelty.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/21/2015

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1803 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 80.00 135 275 425 975 1600 1775 2375 2900 4250 7600 13000 19000 34500 47500 - - - -
$ 1075 - 1950 2600 3250 4750 8250 14000 21000 37500 52500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 624
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 67


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2/20/2005 NGC MS 66   Brown Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 818 $26,450.00
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5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1147 $4,680.00
3/31/2011 NGC AU 50   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 304 $690.00
9/7/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1159/Lot# 7063 $172.50
2/2/2012 NGC XF 40   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1167/Lot# 3068 $805.00
8/12/2013 NGC Details VF Details  Teletrade Auction 3443, 3443/Lot# 1006 $258.50
9/25/2013 PCGS AU 50   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1189/Lot# 4826 $1,939.93
8/31/2014 PCGS   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 165114 $525.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1803 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base721431863665861284146916341888203822432368252528853281381753671111416877111
951572464398181345152417181938210622842420264530173459433372821303516877110
000000152417181938210622842420264530173459433372821303516877100
000000157918031988217423262472276531493638485091981495616877100
1803 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111111031658195321242355249526993149374746946545823210954111
1111136812881756201022012401256328493348406253117107913910954110
00000012881756201022012401256328493348406253117107913910954100
000000147318542067227824482631299935474378592876691004610954100
1803 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111111365245815581610867127431842895881104711111
111111112183961491457566309695177638814100741104711110
000000112183961491457566309695177638814100741104711100
000000124354271524759326510719180959201105601104711100
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