Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,574,829
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.8900g
Diameter: 27.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1855 1C MS obverse 1855 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Production of cents declined sharply in 1855 and never recovered before retiremnt of the large, copper cent two years later. By 1854 these coins were already costing the Mint more than their face value to manufacture, and patterns of lower weight and smaller size were tested throughout 1854-56.

1855 cents come in two major varieties: 10 die marriages feature dates having all Upright numerals, while just three marriages display Slanted numerals 55. Both are relatively common in all circulated grades and in Mint State BN or RB. Coins displaying full mint red are not too rare, as small hoards were broken up years ago.

Aside from the two date styles, the only popular variety for this year is N-9, the so-called Knob Ear. A piece broke out of the die just above Liberty's ear, and this void formed a raised lump there on each coin struck from it. As a die marriage N-9 is common, but it's curiosity value brings a modest premium.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/31/2019

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1855 1C MS BN
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Base $ 24.00 28.00 35.00 42.00 75.00 140 155 165 195 205 240 285 350 525 925 1750 3450 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 575 1180 - - -
1855 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 275 350 440 725 1425 2300 6500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 925 1750 - - -
1855 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 400 875 1750 4050 7000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2925 4650 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1533
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
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: 5/11/2021 1855 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--355437105365698127445122113185129433---1165
----------------111---3
-------------1--1-----2
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Total--355437105365698127445123113185131444---1170
 --0%0%5%3%9%3%5%8%11%0%4%11%10%16%11%4%0%--- 
1855 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------15359994261---261
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---------------1------1
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Total------------153510094261---262
 ------------0%2%13%38%36%10%0%--- 
1855 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------363356----107
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---------------3------3
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Total--------------366356----110
 --------------3%60%32%5%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6772899810615523442347150256058866775282010281427200130095167825610571
68779210012218129743948152156961469577488911611618233737286196902711100
0000002974394815215696146957748891161161823373728619600
0000003604554915405786407237979581294180926734447722600
1855 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base85941151231351942855025585936596907298209491309179024264217448260537960
8810111812715522435752157061566970375986310691469200230234305500666898358
00000035752157061566970375986310691469200230234305500600
00000043053958163768071679090611891630221436204394552900
1855 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1021111351471592273335756356747477818799251345203332124646565677591179914803
10511913915118126241359564869875881389410651574242636904982635791051280015543
000000413595648698758813894106515742426369049826357910500
0000004946156617227698469091205180328194168531970581045200
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Grade: MS 65 RD
Points: 3212
Owner: Jonathan Spiess
 
Grade: MS 67 BN
Points: 3009
Owner: Electric Peak
 
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