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: 1/8/2015

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1868 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 35.00 50.00 70.00 115 185 225 240 265 275 300 315 415 575 875 1450 - - - -
$ 195 230 250 270 280 305 325 450 630 - - - -
1868 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 340 425 575 725 1375 2450 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1050 1500 - - -
1868 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 500 875 1700 4250 38000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2700 7250 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 927
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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11/15/2001 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2001 November Santa Clara Signature Sale #275, 275/Lot# 5174 $448.50
3/15/2007 NGC MS 66   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2007 ANA Charlotte National Money Show Auction, Presented by Robert Korver #432, 432/Lot# 71 $891.25
2/10/2008 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1767 $748.00
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1389 $529.00
6/3/2012 NGC AU 55   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/03/2012, 25/Lot# 54689 $214.50
3/11/2013 NGC AU 50   Brown Teletrade Auction 3421, 3421/Lot# 1072 $130.00
10/13/2013 PCGS AU 58   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 773, 782/Lot# 1016 $400.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12716722028240958660967470575477479382084710131239158320871921237629063521
14018524132446859463168472176178080282990210881354175120872073255331110
00000063168472176178080282990210881354175120872073255300
00000065269573876778781183895811641468191920872224272900
1868 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base127167220282360453507560593615646820891102812391421202927273932469655656549
140185241308391471525571600625704844937109813001624226231294187498658930
000000525571600625704844937109813001624226231294187498600
000000542582608636762867982116913601826249435304441527500
1868 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1271672202823604535075605936156466677051138166822683545868674318644999711500
1401852413083914715255716006256536808491315186826945259868678359095104980
000000525571600625653680849131518682694525986867835909500
000000542582608636660692994149120683119697286868240954600
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