Coin Specifications

Category: Braided Hair Cents (1839-1857)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,690,463
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.8900g
Diameter: 27.5mm
Edge: Plain
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1856 LARGE 1C MS obverse 1856 LARGE 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

As in 1855, there are two major date styles for the cents of this year, but their populations are more evenly divided. A dozen die marriages feature the Slanted 5, while eight have the Upright 5.

1856 is another common date, though there don't appear to have been any hoards of coins having full or nearly full mint red color. The proof-only N-5 is fairly scarce, though not truly rare, while the only real rarity for this date is N-22.

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Last Updated: 7/31/2019

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1856 LARGE 1C MS BN
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Base $ 30.00 35.00 40.00 52.00 100.00 150 155 175 200 225 250 300 375 530 1050 2550 3200 - - -
1856 LARGE 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 365 490 815 1600 3050 - - - -
1856 LARGE 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 900 1850 3600 9500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1694
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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 1856 LARGE 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---126254803945107166353159164247139343---1367
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-------------121------4
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Total---126254803945107166353160166248139343---1371
 ---1%5%4%6%3%3%8%12%0%4%12%12%18%10%2%0%--- 
1856 LARGE 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------8551159214----284
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---------------111----3
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Total-------------8551169315----287
 -------------3%19%40%32%5%---- 
1856 LARGE 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------327121----43
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Total--------------327121----43
 --------------7%63%28%2%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 LARGE 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base76859810612723733645048955158664269573590811171547240730575115816310470
798910011316327037446350956260465970879297712601833262337436131893210994
0000003744635095626046597087929771260183326233743613100
00000041247653057462367772185010471403212028404429714700
1856 LARGE 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base89102123143163304395539586653684745793847100514331989300936755610885711304
93109129149210334443554608663704761811899114716182329323143206692967211869
00000044355460866370476181189911471618232932314320669200
00000049157063067372477782995212901803266934534965777400
1856 LARGE 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11112314316318333643762065378382090899011031333216133455212569377721180313462
115129149169234369498631696795849935102711791609255539675372638691151235614135
0000004986316967958499351027117916092555396753726386911500
00000055964273980787896210651256188529504589553270791045900
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Grade: MS 66 BN
Points: 2407
Owner: Electric Peak
 
Grade: MS 66 BN
Points: 2407
Owner: GAON
 
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