Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 50,464,392
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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1897 1C MS obverse 1897 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As the American economy rebounded from the Panic of 1893, the mintage of cents rose to its highest figure since 1890. As a consequence, examples in all grades short of fully red gem are plentiful. This is a challenging issue in such ideal condition, being one of the scarcer dates of the decade.

The usual assortment of die-punching varieties are noted for this date, and interested persons are referred to the excellent, multi-volume series of books by Rick Snow devoted to listing and illustrating these varieties. This example illustrated is variety FS-402, Snow-8.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/18/2015

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1897 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1.35 2.50 3.50 7.75 14.50 25.00 26.00 28.00 32.00 45.00 55.00 70.00 110 220 400 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 80.00 120 - - - -
1897 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 55.00 65.00 90.00 195 370 650 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 105 210 - - - -
1897 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 75.00 140 400 1300 4350 31500 - - -
$ - - - - - - 85.00 160 600 1825 8250 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 859
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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9/1/2015 MS 65  Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131535/Lot# 21018
9/1/2015 MS 64  Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131535/Lot# 21381
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Auction Prices Realized

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9/17/2003 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2003 September Long Beach Signature Sale #330, 330/Lot# 5450 $805.00
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 63   Red Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1373 $98.00
7/20/2004 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2004 July New York, NY Signature Sale #320, 320/Lot# 5167 $1,063.75
6/6/2012 NGC MS 62   Brown Teletrade Auction 3290, 3290/Lot# 1035 $45.00
6/16/2013 PCGS AU 58   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 756, 765/Lot# 516 $30.00
3/23/2014 PCGS VF 30   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 178979 $88.00
10/29/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 3359 $2,115.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37373737456372102106115131155183220272395663990908117314921870
37373740516682103109120139164195237313484772990996127916180
00000082103109120139164195237313484772990996127900
000000921051121261471742082553545748819901085138600
1897 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737374563728510211513114322025533660994113331720214026323204
3737374051667691106120135169232282427720107214621860230428230
0000007691106120135169232282427720107214621860230400
0000008196111126139194243309518830120215912000246800
1897 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3737373745637285102115131143159288477990196935838106353742455053
37373740516676911061201351482023516481316250750918106377345140
00000076911061201351482023516481316250750918106377300
00000081961111261391542454148191643304565988106400900
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