Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 20,566,000
Catalog: KM-90
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 4.67 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1860 1C MS obverse 1860 1C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

By 1860 the Mint's program of retiring the old copper cents and half cents was largely complete, and merchants began to complain about a redundancy of the new small cents. These coins were not redeemable at the Treasury, so the existing stock forced a reduction in the number minted for 1860.

A mintage of 20+ million coins was still fairly large for the times, so this issue is not rare in any grade short of MS-65. Most examples are well struck and have pleasing luster.

A major variety for this date displays the old style bust used in 1859, with a pointed tip to Liberty's bust (photos). Just a few working dies were hubbed from this bust before a new one was adopted having a rounded tip, and the majority of 1860 cents have the rounded bust.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2015

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1860 1C MS
Base $ 11.00 15.00 21.00 33.00 68.00 95.00 105 125 160 210 240 365 580 1250 3800 17000 - - -
$ 75.00 - 115 135 170 220 270 410 765 1450 - - -

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Total Graded: 1388
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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11/22/1999 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1239, 1239/Lot# 1011 $152.60
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 35 $460.00
12/22/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 312, 318/Lot# 36 $1,035.00
10/13/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 7163 $232.30
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1175/Lot# 3168 $822.50
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 164838 $1,375.00
8/8/2014 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21094 $64.63

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