Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 6,641,131
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.8900g
Diameter: 27.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1853 1C MS obverse 1853 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The huge mintage of cents in 1853 reflected the Mint's ongoing need to provide change during a period when most of America's silver coinage was overvalued and thus failed to circulate. Today's collectors are the beneficiaries of this vast outpouring of coppers, as this is among the most common of large cents in all grades up through MS RD.

Some 33 die marriages are known for 1853, and none of these have had to be delisted for duplication with others, an unusual situation for late-date large cents. All varieties of this date look quite similar to the unexperienced eye, and the only rarities for the specialist are N-23, -28 and -31.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/6/2019

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1853 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 22.00 29.50 32.00 38.00 65.00 145 150 155 190 210 235 275 345 500 850 1950 4750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 1300 - - -
1853 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 260 260 325 425 725 1420 3000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 975 1550 3750 - -
1853 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 850 1650 4050 7500 25000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 5850 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2366
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
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: 12/10/2019 1853 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-288154841256260125176372170206295205787---1840
-----------------1----1
---------------2-1----3
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Total-288154841256260125176372170206297205807---1844
 -0 %0 %0 %8 %5 %7 %3 %3 %7 %10 %0 %4 %9 %11 %16 %11 %4 %0 %--- 
1853 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1561164113351---380
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---------------111----3
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Total------------1561165114361---383
 ------------0 %1 %16 %43 %30 %9 %0 %--- 
1853 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------220694312----146
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Total-------------220694312----146
 -------------1 %14 %47 %29 %8 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/27/2012 NGC Details UNC Details  Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 497 $127.00
9/10/2012 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Champion Hong Kong Champion Hong Kong Auction 18, 152/Lot# 562 $1,180.00
1/2/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Teletrade Auction 3410, 3410/Lot# 1002 $100.00
3/2/2014 NGC MS 62   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131410/Lot# 28044 $205.63
4/8/2014 PCGS AU 55   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The April 2014 April Hong Kong, 6009/Lot# 40226 $185.23
6/15/2014 PCGS   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/15/2014, 196/Lot# 201894 $15.25
11/30/2014 PCGS AU 58   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 832, 841/Lot# 504 $210.00
7/25/2018 PCGS XF 40   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131831/Lot# 29250 $104.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base18321226528233638143751555158663167471582010131303177628853902511581551
19323027130035140046352756360164568875088411101461214632244306612881550
00000046352756360164568875088411101461214632244306612800
00000048953957461666070178594912061618251535634711714200
1853 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base22025530433638143747755159762067472577490012521658288539024565526484281
232271315351400450502566605638691741816101713872067322441234798631984280
000000502566605638691741816101713872067322441234798631900
000000526582612656708758858113515232476356343445031737300
1853 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base255288336366437477502575620642705745802925127117073009391956567759117991
2663043463904504855265906276637187648431040141621413312449863579106117990
000000526590627663718764843104014162141331244986357910600
0000005516056356847327838841156156225753616507770581045200
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Grade: MS 65 RB
Points: 2885
Owner: Conly Rieder
 
Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 1776
Owner: Electric Peak
 
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