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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Price Guide

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1872 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 105 200 310 410 560 685 715 740 760 800 925 1275 1475 2800 4600 - - - -
$ 600 700 725 750 770 840 1050 1400 1750 3450 - - -
1872 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 950 1250 1475 1800 4100 11500 - - - -
$ - - - - - 1050 1325 1650 2150 4900 - - -
1872 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 3400 7250 20000 45000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 8250 30000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1174
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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5/20/1996 NGC AU 55   Brown Teletrade Auction 0842, 842/Lot# 1005 $414.20
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2/11/2007 PCGS XF 45   Brown Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 954 $460.00
7/9/2007 NGC AU 55   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 157, 162/Lot# 81 $598.00
9/14/2008 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 690 $3,335.00
10/23/2008 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2008 October Dallas, TX Signature US Coin Auction #1117, 1117/Lot# 120 $2,645.00
2/22/2013 NGC AU 58   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6563 $589.85
5/25/2014 PCGS VF 25   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 195470 $297.10


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base278381620838100512191271137514101438146114771505163419492106291036753886464455056481
312461693894107612361306138714191446146614861548173920012374316537454139493158300
0000001306138714191446146614861548173920012374316537454139493100
0000001340139814291453147214961591184420542642342038164391521800
1872 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base278351442551676824911993103410621101153116581928210623353486546667297857912010526
302381478593725853938100710431075124415731748198721822719414658877105827895890
000000938100710431075124415731748198721822719414658877105827800
000000966102010531088138816161838204722593102480663087481869900
1872 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base278351442551676824911993103410621101112711441547319444997214932614881168901909221500
3023814785937258539381007104310751110113312782096362954047918111781555117624198950
000000938100710431075111011331278209636295404791811178155511762400
000000966102010531088111811381413264540646309862213029162201835800
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