Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 309,000
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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1909 S INDIAN 1C MS obverse 1909 S INDIAN 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint cents of 1909 had the lowest production of any currency issue in the Indian Head series. Production ceased early in the year and was not resumed before the new Lincoln Cent dies were ready in early summer.

Collectors and speculators, aware of this issue's low mintage and last-year status, hoarded examples almost from the outset. As a result, Mint State and moderately worn coins are not nearly as rare as one would expect from such a diminutive output. The only rarities for the 1909-S Indian Head Cent are heavily worn pieces, as so few escaped detection long enough to wear down. Also somewhat scarce, though not truly rare, are fully red gems. In this case "red" is a relative term, as uncleaned Mint State pieces actually have a golden or brassy color, often with woodgrain toning streaks.

There are no varieties known for this issue, since it required so few dies. The typical piece is weakly struck at the feather tips, and this defect is one of several tests for authenticity of this often counterfeited or altered date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/27/2015

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1909 S INDIAN 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 445 465 510 585 700 850 900 950 985 1100 1225 1425 1800 2375 3000 - - - -
$ 770 - 940 975 1025 1150 1275 1575 2050 - - - -
1909 S INDIAN 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 1225 1350 1800 2150 3275 4300 - - - -
$ - - - - - 1300 1450 1950 2350 3400 - - -
1909 S INDIAN 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1600 2100 2900 5600 12900 91000 - - -
$ - - - - - - 1750 2300 3500 7300 15000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3133
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66


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5/27/2007 NGC MS 65   Red Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 851 $1,150.00
8/14/2008 NGC AU 58   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 274, 280/Lot# 5043 $776.25
5/30/2010 PCGS XF 40   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1189 $672.00
3/30/2011 NGC Details VF Details  Teletrade Auction 3040, 3040/Lot# 1092 $488.75
1/8/2012 PCGS VF 20   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131203/Lot# 22032 $517.50
2/28/2012 PCGS VF 25   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1465 $500.25
5/30/2012 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2158 $2,232.50
8/19/2012 NGC XF 40   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/19/2012, 36/Lot# 66277 $660.00
6/5/2013 NGC F 15   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1186/Lot# 7155 $411.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 S INDIAN 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base301105910881152125213931472155816091658169217531799190719892143261429602279279433904077
554106911091185129914191501157516251669171217681835193420402300272929602451299336190
0000001501157516251669171217681835193420402300272929602451299300
0000001529159216421681173317841871196220922457284529602622319100
1909 S INDIAN 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base301381477591725879971105710841101112711441907200922332495313835644008478356646659
3284135156367769101000106610901110113313981941208423202709328037124266507759960
0000001000106610901110113313981941208423202709328037124266507700
0000001028107510951118113816531975215824082924342238604525537000
1909 S INDIAN 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base30138147759172587997110571084110111271144116021242401296040165729117988322963811102
328413515636776910100010661090111011331149148122162587331245877752117988761101260
00000010001066109011101133114914812216258733124587775211798876100
00000010281075109511181138115518032309277436645158977511798919900
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