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

Last Updated: 6/18/2015

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1871 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 85.00 125 245 310 400 530 560 590 610 645 730 850 1300 2000 2950 - - - -
$ 435 - 570 600 620 660 775 925 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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1019
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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6/25/2007 NGC MS 64   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 153, 158/Lot# 161 $897.00
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
4/30/2012 NGC MS 60   Brown Teletrade Auction 3268, 3268/Lot# 1018 $400.00
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 64   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1139 $1,059.85
6/8/2014 PCGS VF 35   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 195303 $233.28
10/8/2014 PCGS AU 55   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1210/Lot# 7164 $587.50
1/7/2015 PCGS MS 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1216/Lot# 3194 $2,115.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2623364377158389901044117912191258128413031327142715581969246429853104374844865327
28737053075688910081089119212321267129013111360147116952134263830253319399447660
0000001089119212321267129013111360147116952134263830253319399400
0000001134120612451275129713191394151418322299281130643533424000
1871 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2623364235246487918759549881011104413331393150519282268272734475375633374138623
2873654575656968199019659961022114013531430164620412421296740905694669378160
0000009019659961022114013531430164620412421296740905694669300
00000092897710031033123713731468178721552574320747326014705300
1871 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base26233642352464879187595498810111044106614771799246434865825958812476142421618818323
28736545756569681990196599610221051120315842021280542667079105511306514891169000
0000009019659961022105112031584202128054266707910551130651489100
00000092897710031033105913401692224231455045833411513136531553900
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