Coin Specifications

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


  
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint found it less troublesome to overproduce proofs at the beginning of the year and destroy or release the unsold pieces than to come up short and have to strike more later in the year. Walter Breen estimated that as many as 600 proof 1861 cents remained unsold and were disposed of at the end of the year.

This is a scarce issue among proof Indian Head Cents, and proof is seen in the relatively small number certified by NGC. The quality of most survivors is somewhat disappointing, having the same problems of incomplete strike and less than brilliant fields seen on the 1860 proofs.

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Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1861 1C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 450 750 900 1940 2780 6780 14300 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 80
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66


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9/26/1998 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 1998 September Long Beach Sale #192, 192/Lot# 5670 $3,335.00
3/24/2004 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 March Portland, OR Signature Sale #344, 344/Lot# 5117 $6,670.00
9/19/2005 PCGS PF 65   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1502 $6,325.00
3/19/2007 NGC PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 131, 136/Lot# 68 $2,300.00
3/24/2010 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2010 March Fort Worth, TX Signature ANA US Coin Auction #1138, 1138/Lot# 223 $2,472.50
6/17/2010 NGC PF 65   Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 1030 $1,437.50
1/29/2012 PCGS PF 62   Teletrade Auction 3215, 3215/Lot# 1034 $750.00
2/28/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1377 $4,312.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 1C PF
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Base33333333502725990113812711683207929313719501372401012833
33333331695768131039118214081815236331934150575582021012830
00000031695768131039118214081815236331934150575582021012800
00000033356509011088122615451947264734564581649791651012800
1861 1C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base333333336749491271145016092097256135484453592484301164633
333333322676510561330150317712251289038494943675995021164630
000000322676510561330150317712251289038494943675995021164600
0000003450857116313901556193424063219415154337594105741164600
1861 1C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333382011381505170718862433295040425035664193581282133
3333333275926126015721766206826053314437355707546105121282130
0000003275926126015721766206826053314437355707546105121282100
00000035471032138216391826225027773678470461058452116661282100
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