Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,178,500
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.8900g
Diameter: 27.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1849 1C MS obverse 1849 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Cents dated 1849 are common in all circulated grades and as MS BN, yet those having more than faint traces of red color are rare.

This is another high mintage issue, with some 30 numbered Newcomb varieties. Subtracting the proof-only N-18 and three others which have proved to be simply later die states of different numbers, the net figure for collectable marriages is 26. There are quite a few rare ones, including N-14, -16, -19, -21, -23, -24, -25, -27, -28 and -30. One of the most common varieties is N-22.

1849 cents are notable for their deteriorating dies which resulted in prominent chips and cuds. Why the die steel was so bad for this date has never been answered to anyone's satisfaction.

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Last Updated: 7/31/2019

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1849 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 24.00 28.00 35.00 55.00 115 160 200 230 280 335 380 450 715 1150 2400 4500 - - - -
1849 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 750 1100 1900 3050 5500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2350 3900 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 538
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/18/2021 1849 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-66764243617254858121695242263----505
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Total-66764243617254858121695242263----505
 -1%1%1%13%5%7%3%5%10%11%0%4%14%10%8%5%1%---- 
1849 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1414104----33
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Total-------------1414104----33
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1849 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base81891021151633203515866316748028659161028127116092525356751588058876811294
83931061312153304296016457168238829531109138319142872409761248294961011859
000000429601645716823882953110913831914287240976124829400
000000507616659759844899990119014962219321946277091853100
1849 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base102123143163183366437642674725990102811031333160918862885398456568748950212054
10912914916924438950565269181310021053117914251701221932514541668689991035212657
000000505652691813100210531179142517012219325145416686899900
000000573663708901101510781256151717932552361750987717925000
1849 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12314316318320143746366372576410511081116613931658216130194403664493431013512571
12914916918927944552968373885910611109124114811825244734805150754396071094713200
000000529683738859106111091241148118252447348051507543960700
000000596704751955107111371317156919932733394158978443987100
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Grade: MS 66 BN
Points: 3567
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: MS 63 BN
Points: 1345
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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