Coin Specifications

Category: Flowing Hair Cents (1793)
Mint: Philadelphia
Catalog: KM-11
Obverse Designer: Henry Voigt?
Reverse Designer: Henry Voigt?
Composition: Copper
Weight: 13.48 Grams
Diameter: 26-27mm
Edge: Vine and Bars
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1793 CHAIN "AMERICA" 1C MS obverse 1793 CHAIN "AMERICA" 1C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Four obverse dies were paired with a single reverse die to create the four die marriages of the Chain Cent having AMERICA spelled in full. S-2 (photos), S-3 and S-4 are all scarce, while NC-1 is among the rarest of all early cents.

A total of 36,103 Chain Cents were coined March 1-12 of 1793. How this mintage breaks down into varieties isn't known, but all examples are desirable to type collectors.

All of the obverse dies features very shallow engraving which led to the Liberty portrait being worn away quickly. It's quite common to find cents of this type that are identifiable solely by the Chain device, which is much bolder in the die.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/6/2015

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1793 CHAIN "AMERICA" 1C MS Brown
Base $ 7400 12500 22750 31000 64000 93000 110000 135000 160000 210000 245000 310000 535000 975000 1350000 - - - -
$ 74000 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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Total Graded: 137
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
2/2/1998 PCGS VG 10   Brown Teletrade Auction 1020, 1020/Lot# 1009 $3,531.00
2/10/2008 PCGS VF 25   Brown Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 998 $25,875.00
9/6/2012 NGC G 4   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1174/Lot# 3004 $6,462.50
10/18/2012 PCGS F 12   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1175/Lot# 3087 $18,212.50
2/7/2013 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1182/Lot# 3705 $8,225.00
5/25/2014 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 192405 $5,885.00
10/29/2014 PCGS   Brown Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 3268 $4,993.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1793 CHAIN "AMERICA" 1C MS Brown
1793 CHAIN "AMERICA" 1C MS Red Brown
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Grade: VF 30 BN
Points: 4565
Owner: BillJones
Grade: VF 20 BN
Points: 4565
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