Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,383,390
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.8900g
Diameter: 27.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1842 1C MS obverse 1842 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

As in 1840, scholar Walter Breen split this year's mintage into 214,945 Small Dates and 2,168,445 Large Dates. He based these figures on published delivery numbers and dates, knowing that the Small Dates came first (this date style was transitional with 1841).

The Small Dates are the scarcer of the two major varieties. Only two die marriages known, though neither of these is rare (N-1 is illustrated above). The Large Dates comprise seven marriages, and all are common except for N-3, -7 and -9, which are moderately scarce.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/31/2019

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1842 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 23.00 27.00 32.00 52.00 125 205 220 260 285 300 335 610 1175 1625 2875 5750 7250 - - -
1842 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 775 1300 2150 5100 7250 - - - -
1842 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 7600 - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 8500 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 348
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, 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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/18/2021 1842 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base12111941171781025321183930342241---332
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---------------1------1
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Total12111941171781025321183930352241---333
 0%1%3%6%12%5%5%2%3%8%10%0%5%12%9%11%7%1%0%--- 
1842 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------4552----16
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Total--------------4552----16
 --------------25%31%31%13%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base76818910616725833657560970573576482010211483190323423212381762481001812691
77839412619728441558664171574478288711751623204926323413462775041090913326
000000415586641715744782887117516232049263234134627750400
000000495597673725754801954132917632195292236155437876100
1842 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base7151073764774820847882908941974100510361138123318522483342339224173443748836481
8341073767789829858890919952984101510701169143920622796358940054261458554156805
000000890919952984101510701169143920622796358940054261458500
000000899930963994102511041201164522723109375540894349473400
1842 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45047750251552755157559764268470574583892513452033321246465656167623114957195
459485506519535559582612656691718776867106515742426369049829358215573983160055
0000005826126566917187768671065157424263690498293582155700
00000058962767069873180789612051803281941685319130602635300
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Grade: MS 67 BN
Points: 4431
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 2342
Owner: AKSHCC
 
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