Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,462,700
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.8900g
Diameter: 27.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1840 1C MS obverse 1840 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Walter Breen split the reported mintage of 1840 cents into 1,534,093 for the six Large Date varieties and 928,597 for the five Small Dates. He did this based on the delivery figures for that year and the presumption that the Large Dates were coined first (N-8 illustrated). This is a reasonable conclusion, since the Small Date is transitional with 1841, and one obverse die (N-2) shows a small numeral 8 punched over the large 8 placed there earlier before the final two numerals were added.

Both major varieties are common in grades shy of MS RB, though the die marriages N-4 and -7 are moderately scarce. The overpunched variety N-2 features is common, but its popularity earns for it a slight premium.

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Last Updated: 7/31/2019

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1840 1C MS BN
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Base $ 25.00 28.00 35.00 55.00 145 240 280 340 415 525 550 700 1085 1850 4300 8450 11750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2500 5000 - - -
1840 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 875 1600 3500 6400 - - - - -
1840 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 5500 16000 50000 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 365
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1840 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-341438191911122148-11442439239----339
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Total-341438191911122148-11442439239----339
 -1%1%4%11%6%6%3%4%6%14%-3%13%7%12%7%3%---- 
1840 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------2983----22
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Total--------------2983----22
 --------------9%41%36%14%---- 
1840 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------4-----4
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Total----------------4-----4
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1840 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7689102123201437463695745882941990102811731421184332554290475672761172115252
80931091492794455407117909019571002107612551561231336004445559687571289816015
00000054071179090195710021076125515612313360044455596875700
000000617728836921973101511241338170227843945460064361023900
1840 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10212313117125540953970572577479382988213931707246438244149443176721228515371
109125144199306452594711741780805846105214971959291739324243551192091331316140
0000005947117417808058461052149719592917393242435511920900
00000064971875778681786412221602221133704040433765911074700
1840 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333332885005515846316637097859211206227126863559499011
333339835951756260064267873483010161561240929774036499011
00000035951756260064267873483010161561240929774036499000
00000042953457361565269476087611111916254832684513499000
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Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 3255
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: AU 58 BN
Points: 941
Owner: ozzie
 
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