Coin Specifications

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


  
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Description & Analysis

The numismatic hobby underwent considerable growth around this time, thanks in no small part to a very accommodating U. S. Mint that furnished large numbers of patterns and trials for sale through its favored dealers. This had the general effect of raising interest in regular proofs, and the 1870 proof cent is less rare in overall numbers than the bronze issues which preceded it.

Gems, however, are very rare, especially those having significant red color and/or cameo contrast. The proofs of the period 1869-73 across most denominations were of mediocre quality, with incomplete or clumsy polishing of the dies.

The proof cents of 1870 are known with either the Shallow N (ONE) reverse of earlier dates (photos) or the Bold N reverse adopted this year. While currency issues of these varieties are popularly collected, the overall rarity of proofs has limited interest in the proof varieties.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1870 1C PF Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 288 318 390 475 710 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - 320 350 430 520 780 - - -
1870 1C PF Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 360 540 710 1280 1920 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 400 590 780 1410 2110 - -
1870 1C PF Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 468 810 1310 2560 4520 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 510 890 1440 2800 4900 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 174
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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4/25/2005 NGC PF 63   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 44 $402.50
12/12/2005 NGC PF 66   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2005 December Dallas Signature Auction #398, 398/Lot# 131 $1,092.50
11/20/2007 PCGS PF 63   Red, Cameo Teletrade Auction 2452, 2452/Lot# 1003 $868.00
3/28/2009 NGC PF 66   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 227 $977.50
9/30/2012 PCGS PF 64   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/30/2012, 42/Lot# 76078 $529.10
7/27/2013 PCGS   Red Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 1531 $1,997.50
9/22/2014 PCGS PF 65   Red Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1100 $2,990.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 1C PF Brown
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1870 1C PF Red Brown
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1870 1C PF Red
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1870 1C PF Brown, Cameo
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1870 1C PF Red Brown, Cameo
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1870 1C PF Red, Cameo
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1870 1C PF Red Brown, Ultra Cameo
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1870 1C PF Red, Ultra Cameo
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