Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,275,000
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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1870 1C MS obverse 1870 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Cent production was once again modest in this year, as a glut of existing pieces limited the demand for new ones. Aggravating this situation was the fact that cents were not redeemable when their numbers became excessive, and merchants who accumulated too many would have them refused as bank deposits. This situation was not addressed by Congress until the following year.

A new reverse hub was transitioned during this year. The old hub featured a shallow or depressed letter N in ONE, while the new reverse had this element of equal depth to the rest of the lettering. Very few dies taken from the old hub were used after 1869, and this Reverse of 1869 is rare for 1870 and the next two years.

1870 cents are quite scarce in the higher circulated grades and in Mint State, with fully red examples being genuinely rare.

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Price Guide

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1870 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 60.00 120 210 300 420 470 480 535 570 600 620 725 875 1200 2700 - - - -
$ 450 475 500 550 575 - 665 765 975 1300 - - -
1870 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 640 680 825 1275 2300 4250 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1400 3450 - - -
1870 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 675 735 1025 1600 4950 13250 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 920
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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6/7/2015 MS 65  Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1221/Lot# 3130
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Auction Prices Realized

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5/31/2004 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 113 $1,150.00
12/22/2008 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 312, 318/Lot# 68 $632.50
5/30/2010 PCGS XF 40   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1184 $321.00
5/23/2012 NGC VF 20   Brown Teletrade Auction 3282, 3282/Lot# 1015 $130.00
2/7/2013 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1182/Lot# 3112 $3,290.00
2/17/2013 NGC Details VG Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/17/2013, 62/Lot# 96902 $49.00
2/3/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1202/Lot# 3059 $822.50
5/25/2014 PCGS VF 25   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 195482 $221.20
10/24/2014 NGC AU 58   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3505, 6059/Lot# 23015 $399.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20927242364282010211066109511101186123312521271129614211583188628602500305136874417
23032249670188710361076110011351202123912581279133814751684221128602684326339300
0000001076110011351202123912581279133814751684221128602684326300
0000001085110511611217124612651288137915291785253528602867347500
1870 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20927234543453966573980983184786812841321136915311949258534474387521461527209
230296375469581690762816836854100712961337142316702161287237604663552765040
000000762816836854100712961337142316702161287237604663552700
000000786824842861114513091353147718102373316040744938583900
1870 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2092723454345396657398098318478688841363143317302215373059228938103251186413567
2302963754695816907628168368548731044138615321892272044616927940010838124320
000000762816836854873104413861532189227204461692794001083800
000000786824842861879120314101631205332255191793398631135100
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