Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 35,429,286
Catalog: KM-90a
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1865 1C MS obverse 1865 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Despite a heavy coinage of bronze cents in 1864, the immediate demand for more pieces was great in 1865. This resulted in another high mintage figure for the period, and examples of this date are plentiful today in most grades.

Two highly distinctive date styles were used for 1865 cents, and neither is rare. These are called the Plain 5 and Fancy 5, respectively. The Plain 5 has a nearly flat top and the horizontal stroke points slightly outside the ball of the 5. On the Fancy 5 (photos) the flag is boldly curved and the horizontal stroke points almost directly at the ball.

The cents of 1865 are rich in die-punching varieties, and the best of these are listed at left. A nice doubled-die reverse is also noted for this date.

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Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1865 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 6.90 11.50 17.25 21.60 38.40 38.40 52.80 57.60 66.00 74.40 84.00 90.00 99.60 163 225 344 540 - - - -
$ 43.00 59.00 65.00 74.00 83.00 94.00 101 112 182 250 380 590 - -
1865 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 90.00 96.00 132 200 344 525 1240 2500 - - -
$ - - - - - 101 108 148 220 380 580 1360 2700 -
1865 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 162 325 500 1440 5880 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 181 360 550 1580 6400 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1025
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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3/11/1998 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 1031, 1031/Lot# 1036 $261.60
9/26/2002 NGC MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2002 September Long Beach Signature Sale #300, 300/Lot# 5271 $1,322.50
3/24/2010 PCGS MS 66   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2010 March Fort Worth, TX Signature ANA US Coin Auction #1138, 1138/Lot# 197 $1,840.00
12/2/2010 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1147/Lot# 7226 $172.50
1/30/2011 NGC MS 64   Brown Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1055 $150.00
9/7/2014 PCGS MS 64   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 213211 $1,400.00
9/7/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 820, 829/Lot# 837 $1,750.00
10/10/2014 PCGS MS 64   Brown Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14404 $270.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1865 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3241598111114717119422724827830131732343950289811811394175521812680
3547669112315517820523425828530631936146063499212521514189723470
00000017820523425828530631936146063499212521514189700
000000186216241268293311321400481766108613231634203900
1865 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3241598111114717119422724827830133033647157799913812507305936974427
35476691123155178205234258285310332381506717112617562691327139400
000000178205234258285310332381506717112617562691327100
000000186216241268293320334426541858125321312875348400
1865 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base324159811111471711942272482783013304397641037207928395293624173108508
354766911231551782052342582853103665478551384233236575609659777090
0000001782052342582853103665478551384233236575609659700
0000001862162412682933204026559461731258544755925695300
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