Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,042,000
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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1872 1C MS obverse 1872 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1872 cent has the fifth lowest mintage in the popular Indian Head series and is thus a very scarce coin across all grades. It is a true rarity in fully red Mint State.

The redemption law passed in 1871 returned countless copper-nickel and bronze cents to the Treasury and limited production of cents solely to replacement pieces and those needed for customers who demanded new pieces. This quaint custom fell by the wayside generations ago, but it was still observed in 1872.

Several die-punching varieties are noted for this date, but its overall rarity limits the amount of premium they command. One particularly popular and rare variety is that having the old Reverse of 1869 with its shallow N in ONE.

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1872 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 105 200 310 410 560 560 685 715 740 760 775 800 925 1275 1475 2800 4600 - - - -
$ 600 700 725 750 770 785 840 1050 1400 1750 3450 - - -
1872 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 825 950 1250 1475 1800 4100 11500 - - - -
$ - - - - - 875 1050 1325 1650 2150 4900 - - -
1872 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3400 7250 20000 45000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 8250 30000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1140
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
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# 2425 $747.50
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1/3/2012 PCGS Genuine UNC   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(9), 1166/Lot# 9313 $575.00
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3/21/2014 PCGS MS 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1198/Lot# 10031 $3,055.00
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10/12/2014 NGC G 4   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 96714 $80.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base27835144255167682491199310341062110111271144116012561515213234233886464455056481
302381478592725853938100610431075110911321149119213421720256235774138493158300
000000938100610431075110911321149119213421720256235774138493100
000000965102010521088111811381154122414281926299237314391521800
1872 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base278351442551676824911993103410621101112711441309150518783470427367297857912010526
302381478592725853938100610431075110911321199137416292408373750917105827895880
000000938100610431075110911321199137416292408373750917105827800
000000965102010521088111811381254143917532939400559107481869900
1872 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base278351442551676824911993103410621101112711441547246438927214932614881168901909221500
3023814785927258539381006104310751109113212781852294049997918111771555017624198940
000000938100610431075110911321278185229404999791811177155501762400
000000965102010521088111811381412215834166106862213029162201835800
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