Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,236,156
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.8900g
Diameter: 27.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1854 1C MS obverse 1854 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

A reduction in the weight of United States silver coins in 1853 eased the crisis of small change, and this led to a decline in the numbers of cents coined over the next few years. Though very scarce with full mint red color, 1854 cents are common overall in both circulated and Mint State condition. They make for excellent type coins, as they seem to be better struck from less worn dies than most dates in the 1850s.

There are no varieties of general interest to collectors, and only advanced specialists seek out the many die marriages which are distinguishable by just minor features. There are 30 numbered Newcomb varieties, but one of these (N-15) was later delisted as a duplicate. Rarities include N-4 and N-28 through -30. The common N-23 is illustrated.

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Last Updated: 7/31/2019

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1854 1C MS BN
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Base $ 24.00 28.00 35.00 42.00 75.00 135 150 165 185 210 225 265 365 525 950 1950 5000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 575 1380 - - -
1854 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 275 370 485 900 1825 3800 6750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 2450 - - -
1854 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 900 2150 5900 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1349
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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: 4/20/2021 1854 1C MS BN
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Base--47915686484799126240115122186128374---1198
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Total--47915686484799126240115122191131374---1206
 --0%1%8%5%7%4%4%8%10%0%3%10%10%16%11%3%0%--- 
1854 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------6145538153---131
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Total-------------6145538153---131
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1854 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------11081----20
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Total--------------11081----20
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 1C MS BN
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Base341596776143255351378395420437450477502802117316093009510881551
1647627098180287360384403426441459485602926131820763709612481551
000000287360384403426441459485602926131820763709612400
0000003193693894124314464684947021049146425424408713900
1854 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111201366389406429445463502563882145017533639416461401
11111682563743954144344514765226691071155123823814482361401
0000002563743954144344514765226691071155123823814482300
0000003113814004214404574895437761261165230103989548100
1854 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111111227351507597663783106615052525328156567759117991
111111176268403537619703877121218452777407363579106117991
00000017626840353761970387712121845277740736357910600
0000001152310455567641743972135921853029486470581045200
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Grade: MS 66 RB
Points: 1753
Owner: 4ucoin
 
Grade: MS 65 BN
Points: 1173
Owner: Electric Peak
 
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