Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 28,075,000
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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1862 1C MS obverse 1862 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The coinage of cents rose in 1862 from the previous year's total, because uncertainty over the outcome of the Civil War and the value of paper money prompted their hoarding. In an attempt to counter the rapid depletion of cents in circulation, the Philadelphia Mint stepped up production. The new coins were hoarded just as readily as the old ones, and this had led to a high survival rate for Mint State 1862 cents.

Walter Breen reported the use of 197 obverse dies and 396 reverse dies for 1862 cents. Surprisingly, this high number resulted in very few varieties. The doubled-die reverse listed at left is the most desirable of these.

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Last Updated: 1/15/2015

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1862 1C MS
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Base $ 9.00 11.00 13.00 20.00 35.00 63.00 70.00 82.00 95.00 120 185 255 425 1275 2900 14500 - - -
$ 40.00 68.00 75.00 90.00 100.00 140 210 275 500 1700 6500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1817
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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9/15/2003 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 52 $920.00
1/3/2007 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 480 $920.00
5/11/2008 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 2527, 2527/Lot# 1004 $145.60
9/15/2008 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 283, 289/Lot# 14 $1,840.00
12/2/2010 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1147/Lot# 7217 $747.50
6/26/2011 PCGS AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/26/2011, 123/Lot# 11711 $110.00
12/17/2013 PCGS MS 66   Bonhams Coins and Medals Featuring the Robbins Collection of US Gold Coins, 21037/Lot# 1026 $3,276.00
7/20/2014 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/20/2014, 197/Lot# 208689 $396.00
7/11/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5145 $305.50
9/26/2014 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3501, 6055/Lot# 20014 $88.13


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