Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 9,889,707
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.8900g
Diameter: 27.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1851 1C MS obverse 1851 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The discovery of vast amounts of gold in California lowered this metal's value in relation to silver after 1849, which soon led to the hoarding or exportation of America's silver coins. To fill the void, the U. S. Mint stepped up production of gold dollars and cents, with more than 9 million of the latter struck in 1851. While this has made them very common across most grades, the typical example shows blurry details from overused dies.

There are a total of 45 numbered die marriages for 1851 cents. After the usual deductions for those that are now known to be duplicates in later die states, the net figure is 42. Most of these look almost exactly alike to anyone but a variety specialist, but the one standout is N-3. On this obverse die the first two numerals of the date were punched upside down and then corrected. An inverted 18 remains clearly visible underneath the 51. This variety is quite common, yet its appeal is such that it brings a premium that advances progressively with each grade.

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Last Updated: 7/31/2019

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1851 1C MS BN
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Base $ 24.00 28.00 35.00 42.00 75.00 135 150 165 180 210 225 265 360 550 1025 1730 4000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 1400 - - -
1851 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 265 325 440 750 1625 3250 5950 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 950 1900 4500 - -
1851 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 625 2100 5750 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1793
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/27/2021 1851 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-214271398010048491171462471741572171917416---1600
----------------112---4
--------------1131----6
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Total-214271398010048491171462471741582181957618---1610
 -0%1%2%9%5%6%3%3%7%9%0%3%11%10%14%12%5%1%--- 
1851 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------16205258243---164
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---------------1-11---3
-----------------1----1
Total------------16205358264---168
 ------------1%4%12%32%35%15%2%--- 
1851 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------214751---29
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Total--------------214751---29
 --------------7%48%24%17%3%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base76859810613920126245047750256360964272589111731609226830575115815810515
798910011715922132445948552257862066978098513181828253137436129894311041
0000003244594855225786206697809851318182825313743612900
00000038746849354259363169783510791463204827944429714300
1851 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base102123143163183237304477502527597663725820102814211886275433961886885711304
109129149169201259361485510550619683756889115915762175296833964209967211869
00000036148551055061968375688911591576217529683396420900
00000041949351857364170478895812901731246431823396653300
1851 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12314318323728836642355162072582090899011931303243340644239566577671180014751
129156201254314385465574655756849935105712291679297641224714636591111278315489
0000004655746557568499351057122916792976412247146365911100
00000050859769078887896211251266205635204180518970661045500
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Grade: MS 67 BN
Points: 3057
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: MS 66 RB
Points: 2754
Owner: 4ucoin
 
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