Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 6,420,000
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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1869 1C MS obverse 1869 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

A redundancy of cents in circulation drove down the demand for additional pieces, and this ushered in a four-year stretch of low mintage issues beginning in 1869. This date is highly sought across all grades, and Mint State red pieces are quite rare.

Two of the three repunched date varieties listed at left are quite similar in appearance yet very different in rarity. The more popular one is FS-301 (Snow-3), which is rare only in high grades. VP-003 (Snow-4) is nearly indistinguishable and often mis-attributed as the more common variety. The most certain way to tell them apart is by comparing the relative position of numeral 1 to the denticles below it.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/8/2015

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1869 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 78.00 130 200 330 465 500 540 625 650 725 775 875 1100 1575 2800 - - - -
$ 475 515 560 635 675 735 800 925 1200 1650 - - -
1869 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 775 850 1150 1750 2600 4300 - - - -
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1869 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 950 1250 2250 5500 28000 - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1374
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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9/23/2007 PCGS MS 63   Brown Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2422 $632.50
4/22/2008 PCGS VF 30   Brown Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL US Coin Final Session #1105, 1105/Lot# 7119 $328.90
12/8/2010 NGC VF 25   Brown Bonhams Coins and Banknotes, 18404/Lot# 2162 $234.00
6/21/2011 PCGS G 6   Brown Teletrade Auction 3088, 3088/Lot# 1003 $71.00
7/11/2013 NGC VF 25   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1187/Lot# 7222 $258.50
12/8/2013 PCGS XF 40   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/08/2013, 104/Lot# 156777 $321.20
6/2/2014 NGC AU 53   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3484, 6033/Lot# 20002 $464.13
10/10/2014 PCGS AU 50   Brown Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14411 $481.75
12/7/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 833, 842/Lot# 49 $1,350.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base23730445062087410881103113811931303133313751421147715831799217929102711329539674736
25935350770594510931115115612301313134713901440151216551926242329102906351942230
0000001115115612301313134713901440151216551926242329102906351900
0000001126117512661323136114061458154817272052266629103100374300
1869 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base23730438448259572980988491193095614331477155818432302280735644893578868007937
259331417520640756834893917939111514481504165319962470305940075191612571790
000000834893917939111514481504165319962470305940075191612500
000000859902924947127414621531174821492639331244505490646300
1869 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base23730438448259572980988491193095697499316581928261439847756827295831104112658
259331417520640756834893917939962980121517482157307152417928870910069115800
00000083489391793996298012151748215730715241792887091006900
00000085990292494796898714361838238535276499810091461055500
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