Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 49,840,000
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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1863 1C MS obverse 1863 1C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

With silver coins worth more than their face value in green backs and thus unable to circulate, the Mint cranked out vast numbers of cents during 1863 in an attempt to provide small change. The mintage for 1863 cents set a record for a single emission that lasted until 1890. Desperate merchants took to bagging these coins in amounts of 25 or 50 cents as replacements for quarters and halves, a practice that lasted until fractional paper money filled the void.

With nearly 50 million cents coined in 1863, the dies were overworked, and many examples surviving in Mint State show noticeable die erosion. Examples in all grades short of MS-65 are nonetheless plentiful.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/15/2015

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1863 1C MS
Base $ 9.00 11.00 13.00 20.00 35.00 35.00 63.00 68.00 78.00 95.00 105 120 180 245 415 1075 2950 9500 - - -
$ 40.00 67.00 73.00 85.00 100.00 110 130 200 275 485 1450 4000 - -

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Total Graded: 2398
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

Upcoming Auctions

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3/1/2015 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1218/Lot# 7069
3/3/2015 MS 62   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131509/Lot# 21628

Auction Prices Realized

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10/16/1996 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0885, 885/Lot# 1026 $98.10
2/7/2001 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #21022, 21022/Lot# 2011 $135.00
4/27/2005 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2032, 2032/Lot# 1000 $852.50
3/6/2008 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 227, 233/Lot# 5012 $115.00
1/24/2012 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 8175 $258.75
9/2/2012 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 814 $322.00
10/14/2012 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131243/Lot# 22014 $40.00
2/9/2014 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/09/2014, 171/Lot# 163190 $858.00

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