Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,120,800
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.8900g
Diameter: 27.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1846 1C MS obverse 1846 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The cents of 1846 are plentiful in most grades, and this date is quite popular due to the three distinctive date styles used. The Small Date (photos of N-19) is the most often seen variety, while the Medium Date and Large Date cents are in the minority and carry modest premiums.

With its high mintage, 1846 produced some 26 die marriages. There are too many scarce or rare ones to list, but enough common ones exist to make collecting all three varieties affordable. The Medium Date is represented by just a single marriage, N-11, but it is likewise common.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/31/2019

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1846 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 24.00 28.00 35.00 40.00 95.00 150 200 215 250 325 360 430 615 950 1350 2750 7750 - - -
1846 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 425 550 1025 2000 4600 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2500 - - - -

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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: 684
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: 4/13/2021 1846 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-583092314416314153-288372704242---652
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Total-583092314416314153-288372704242---652
 -1%1%5%14%5%7%2%5%6%8%-4%13%11%11%6%1%0%--- 
1846 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------5101411---31
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Total--------------5101411---31
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1846 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------1-----1
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Total----------------1-----1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1846 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base818910211516336645052759766375483888299013031753208729364290654571389234
8493106131231394476550619693782853918109414531864237033875042674378379696
000000476550619693782853918109414531864237033875042674300
000000501574641724810867954119916031976265338395793694000
1846 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base57559762064268470573576482085688290810281206168324013639414144857317796010226
58260562765669171574578383286589194810871365192228143806425654297531871510737
0000007457838328658919481087136519222814380642565429753100
0000007548018448738999881147152421623226397443706373774600
1846 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45047750251552755157559764268470574583892513452033321246465656167623114957195
459485506519535559582612656691718776867106515742426369049829358215573983160055
0000005826126566917187768671065157424263690498293582155700
00000058962767069873180789612051803281941685319130602635300
Competitive Registry Sets
CategoriesSets
US Type Set, including Modern Issues 1226
Lincoln Cents, 1909-Date, Circulation Issue, Including Varieties 988
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070) 787
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5) 702
US Type Set, 1792-1964 643
Indian Head Cents, 1859-1909, Circulation Issue 513
20th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 393
20th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 373
20th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 340
Nickel Five Cents Type Set 331
Small Cent Type Set 309
US Type Set, 1792-1964, Circulated Coins Only 240
Lincoln Cents, 1909-Date, One Per Date, Circulation Issue 191
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only 173
Basic US Type Set, No Gold (7070), Circulated Coins Only 155
Cents, 1793-Date, Complete Circulation Issue 140
Basic US Type Set, with Gold (7070 + Page 5), Circulated Coins Only 131
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs 130
Lincoln Cents, 1909-1958, Circulated Coins Only 126
Large Cents, 1839-1857, Circulation Issue 123
19th Century Series Type Set, Non-Proofs Only - No Gold 116
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs & Non-Proofs - No Gold 112
Large Cents, 1793-1857, Circulated Coins Only 111
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 110
Large Cents, 1793-1857, Circulation Issue 106
Large Cent Type Set 67
20th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only 67
19th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 59
1952 Mint Set 53
20th Century Series Type Set, Circulated Coins Only (No Gold) 47
Shield Nickels 1866-1883, Circulated Coins Only 42
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs Only 33
19th Century Series Type Set, Proofs Only - No Gold 33
Lincoln Cents, 1909-Date, Circulation Issue 17
1846 Mint Set 8
Lincoln Cents, 1909-Date, Circulation Issue 0
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 3639
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: MS 64 BN
Points: 1753
Owner: AKSHCC
 
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