Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 10,266,500
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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1868 1C MS obverse 1868 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The production of cents rose only modestely from 1867, and 1868 is another date that is scarce within the overall Indian Head series. It's interesting to note, however, that what seems like a small mintage in 1868 would have been considered quite high for the pre-war era of large cents. As American industry created more jobs and mass production lowered prices, the demand for cents was much higher overall.

Mint State examples of this date are elusive, especially with significant amounts of red color. Circulated pieces are fairly scarce in the higher grades, but worn examples exist in sufficient numbers to fill albums.

This date is another one notable for die-punching varieties, and the most popular of these are listed at left.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1868 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 33.35 43.70 55.20 98.90 174 174 204 216 228 240 246 258 282 375 525 690 1140 - - - -
$ 195 220 240 250 260 270 280 310 410 580 760 1250 - -
1868 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 258 288 312 425 660 1030 1560 - - - -
$ - - - - - 280 320 340 470 730 1130 1720 - -
1868 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 570 940 1440 3220 26980 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 630 1030 1580 3500 29100 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 920
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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9/19/2010 NGC MS 64   Brown Goldberg $391.00
10/8/2012 NGC MS 60   Brown Teletrade Auction 3360, 3360/Lot# 1013 $250.00
2/22/2013 NGC MS 63   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6551 $346.63
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 7187 $822.50
5/11/2014 PCGS Genuine VF   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 192753 $34.77
6/8/2014 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 198443 $413.68
6/22/2014 NGC AU 55   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131426/Lot# 20008 $270.25
10/26/2014 PCGS MS 64   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 827, 836/Lot# 803 $475.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1271672202823604535075605936156466676807057761048119816491921237629063521
1401842403083914715245716006256536716887288661098134817392072255231110
0000005245716006256536716887288661098134817392072255200
0000005425826076356606756967529571148149818302224272900
1868 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1271672202823604535075605936156466677057298741288161923223932469655656549
14018424030839147152457160062565367971377710121398185328584186498558930
00000052457160062565367971377710121398185328584186498500
00000054258260763566069272182511501508208733954441527500
1868 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base127167220282360453507560593615646667705882166822612916421774318644999711500
1401842403083914715245716006256536797641144186524793349528878359095104980
000000524571600625653679764114418652479334952887835909500
000000542582607635660692823140620632697378363598239954600
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