Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,236,156
Catalog: KM-67
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.8900g
Diameter: 27.5mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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Price Guide

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1854 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 22.00 25.00 28.00 35.00 70.00 135 150 165 190 200 225 265 375 600 1000 1850 4850 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 1375 - - -
1854 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 275 370 485 900 1775 3800 6750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1854 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 900 2050 6900 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1181
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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6/29/1998 NGC MS 63   Brown Teletrade Auction 1062, 1062/Lot# 1064 $228.90
6/2/2005 NGC MS 67   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2005 June Long Beach Signature Auction #376, 376/Lot# 5115 $4,887.50
3/10/2008 NGC MS 64   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 228, 234/Lot# 53 $448.50
9/19/2010 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg $978.00
12/15/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 157598 $26.00
5/25/2014 PCGS AU 55   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 163390 $143.00
7/11/2014 NGC XF 45   Brown Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5107 $94.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1854 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base341596776143255351378395420437450477502802117316093009510881551
1647627098180287360384403426441459485602926131820763709612481550
000000287360384403426441459485602926131820763709612400
0000003193693894124314464684947021049146425424408713900
1854 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111201366389406429445463502563882145017533639416461401
11111682563743954144344514765226691071155123823814482361400
0000002563743954144344514765226691071155123823814482300
0000003113814004214404574895437761261165230103989548100
1854 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111111227351507597663783106615052525328156567759117991
111111176268403537619703877121218452777407363579106117990
00000017626840353761970387712121845277740736357910600
0000001152310455567641743972135921853029486470581045200
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Grade: MS 66 BN
Points: 2001
Owner: andold
 
Grade: MS 66 RB
Points: 1753
Owner: 4ucoin
 
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