Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,425,342
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.8900g
Diameter: 27.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1843 1C MS obverse 1843 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1843 was a transitional year for the cent, as the Petite Head bust of 1839-42 was replaced midyear with the Mature Head of 1844-57. The Small Letters reverse typical of earlier dates was also phased out in favor of the Large Letters style that continued into 1844 and subsequent years.

The Petite Head dies were paired with either the Small or Large Letters reverse (see photos for the former), but all Mature Heads have Large Letters. None of these combinations are rare, but the Petite Head/Large Letters configuration is represented by just a single die marriage (N-4, photos). While common as a variety, it is thus a bit more desirable and commands a modest premium.

Scarce die marriages include N-8 and -10, while N-15 and -16 are rare and N-17 is very rare. Also quite rare is N-14, but this is a proof-only variety.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/31/2019

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1843 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 22.00 25.00 32.00 48.00 120 235 260 280 355 410 445 550 725 1300 2875 5250 11000 - - -
$ - - - 300 375 - - - - - 3500 - - -
1843 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1375 2200 4000 - - - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 401
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/4/2021 1843 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-451949201991528401164537442251---379
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---------------2------2
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Total-451949201991528401164537462251---381
 -1%1%5%13%5%5%2%4%7%10%0%4%12%10%12%6%1%0%--- 
1843 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------2965----22
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Total--------------2965----22
 --------------9%41%27%23%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1843 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base638910212320142356369574578391610051059120614211969293639025367640069829046
729310914927547060771275882794610231108127816042291325843905711659476709498
00000060771275882794610231108127816042291325843905711659400
00000065172877087297510411157134917862614358048796056678800
1843 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base729811513522045660274379483597410671124127815052056307340725582664476049797
811041221632995056497608088811005108611751354168923953406457559366964833510287
000000649760808881100510861175135416892395340645755936696400
000000696777821928103611051227142918722734373950796290728400
1843 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45047750251552755157559764268470574583892513452033321246465656167623114957195
459485506519535559582612656691718776867106515742426369049829358215573983160055
0000005826126566917187768671065157424263690498293582155700
00000058962767069873180789612051803281941685319130602635300
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Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 2936
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: MS 62 BN
Points: 1494
Owner: rfromcolo
 
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