Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 10,100,000
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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1861 1C MS obverse 1861 1C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The mintage of cents fell to just over 10 million pieces in 1861, making this date the scarcest issue of the short-lived copper-nickel Indian Cent series. The huge number of small cents coined 1857-59 was sufficient to fill the market demand, and this accounts for the relatively low production in 1861.

The 1861 cent is not a truly rare coin, even in Mint State, due to an unusual situation that developed the following year. With the onset of the Civil War gold and silver coins were hoarded, and this practice ultimately spread to the humble cent. Many 1861 cents thus never had the chance to become worn.

This date is not notable for many varieties, due to the smaller number of dies used, but the repunched date listed at left is a popular one.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/26/2015

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1861 1C MS
Base $ 18.50 30.00 42.00 65.00 95.00 150 165 175 190 240 325 425 650 1500 3650 15000 55000 - -
$ 105 - 170 188 200 265 350 475 785 1950 5300 21000 -

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Total Graded: 1171
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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11/7/2004 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1958, 1958/Lot# 1006 $797.50
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3793 $322.00
11/17/2008 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 301, 307/Lot# 87 $897.00
3/28/2009 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 181 $3,220.00
2/15/2010 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 182 $1,897.50
10/13/2011 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 7169 $161.00
3/2/2014 NGC XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/02/2014, 182/Lot# 171925 $93.50

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