Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 39,208,000
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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1881 1C MS obverse 1881 1C MS reverse


  
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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

This issue is quite common in worn condition and seemingly available in most Mint State grades, as well. As with any old copper coins, however, fully red survivors are rare.

There are no popular varieties for this date, yet the date impression is itself a variety of sort. The engraver attempted to simulate a curving date by punching numerals 81 at a slight tilt to the first 18. The resulting coins are thus transitional between the straight date of previous years and the curving dates of subsequent years.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2015

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1881 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 2.75 4.25 7.00 10.00 23.00 30.00 35.00 40.00 48.00 60.00 68.00 95.00 175 300 450 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 75.00 105 200 375 - - -
1881 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 70.00 95.00 135 275 475 975 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 105 160 310 575 1675 - -
1881 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 140 285 550 1100 2850 23000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 650 1600 3400 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 741
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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3/3/2003 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Bullet Sale #315, 315/Lot# 74 $143.75
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 138 $230.00
2/4/2007 PCGS MS 65   Red Teletrade Auction 2322, 2322/Lot# 1025 $1,008.00
1/1/2009 NGC MS 65   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 316, 322/Lot# 5075 $333.50
4/27/2011 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1154/Lot# 9451 $207.00
10/14/2012 PCGS AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131243/Lot# 22638 $69.00
2/10/2013 PCGS MS 64   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/10/2013, 61/Lot# 92836 $161.70
6/23/2014 PCGS   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3487, 6036/Lot# 20021 $57.58


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737415494891231431631942202372653515638201066983126416001999
37373845679410013015017320322624629442264990210661077137617330
00000010013015017320322624629442264990210661077137600
00000011213615618421123125632249273498410661170148800
1881 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37373741547689102115127139151272351463774110316831855229928173418
37373845618093106119131143191298388567884129617402003247230170
00000093106119131143191298388567884129617402003247200
00000098111123135147232325426670993149017982151264400
1881 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737415476891021151271391512374777931206179929367198552865067607
373738456180931061191311431803175829311404217843577198585468730
000000931061191311431803175829311404217843577198585400
0000009811112313514720839768810681601255757777198618000
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