Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,929,500
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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1871 1C MS obverse 1871 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1871 cent is a semi-key issue in the Indian Head series, with the fourth lowest mintage after 1909-S, 1877 and 1908-S. Examples are very scarce in all grades.

The issue of redundancy in minor coins was finally addressed by Congress this year with passage of a redemption bill that permitted holders of excessive cents to redeem them when presented in large quantities. These returned cents were not recirculated, but instead were melted and the recovered metal reused. This helps to explain the rarity of certain earlier cents, and it also explains the very low production during 1871 and for much of that decade.

With its low mintage, there are few varieties for the 1871 cent. One that is highly sought is the Reverse of 1869 in which letter N of ONE is shallow.

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Price Guide

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1871 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 85.00 125 245 310 400 400 530 560 590 610 625 645 730 850 1300 2000 2950 - - - -
$ 435 535 570 600 620 635 660 775 925 1500 2500 - - -
1871 1C MS Red Brown
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1871 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 775 1100 2000 4100 8000 50000 - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 985
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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1/28/1998 PCGS AU 55   Brown Teletrade Auction 1019, 1019/Lot# 1033 $348.80
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2424 $1,092.50
2/19/2008 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA US Coin Final Session #461, 461/Lot# 7107 $1,380.00
9/7/2011 PCGS MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1159/Lot# 3167 $1,035.00
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 63   Brown Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7335 $793.13
9/7/2014 NGC MS 66   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 201237 $3,200.00
9/22/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 1103 $575.00
11/2/2014 PCGS VG 10   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10436 $100.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2623364235246487918759549881011104410661084111011931345205627133104374844865327
2863654565656958199019659951022105110721092113712431582227528433318399447660
0000009019659951022105110721092113712431582227528433318399400
00000092797610031033105810781101116512941819249429733533424000
1871 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2623364235246487918759549881011104410661084119312711589264333155375633374138623
2863654565656958199019659951022105110721120121913771940286740015694669378160
0000009019659951022105110721120121913771940286740015694669300
00000092797610031033105810781156124514832291309146886013705300
1871 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base26233642352464879187595498810111044106610841345146123885825763812476142421618818323
2863654565656958199019659951022105110721171138317703533642992501306414890168990
000000901965995102210511072117113831770353364299250130641489000
00000092797610031033105810781258142220794679703310863136531553900
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