Coin Specifications

Category: Chain and Wreath Cents (1793)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: "Designer unknown, engraved by Henry Voigt"
Reverse Designer: "Designer unknown, engraved by Henry Voigt"
Composition: Copper
Weight: 13.4800g
Diameter: 26-27mm
Edge: Vine and Bars
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1793 CHAIN "AMERICA" 1C MS obverse 1793 CHAIN "AMERICA" 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Four obverse dies were paired with a single reverse die to create the four die marriages of the Chain Cent having AMERICA spelled in full. S-2, S-3 and S-4 are all scarce, while NC-1 is among the rarest of all early cents.

A total of 36,103 Chain Cents were coined March 1-12 of 1793. How this mintage breaks down into varieties isn't known, but all examples are desirable to type collectors.

All of the obverse dies features very shallow engraving which led to the Liberty portrait being worn away quickly. It's quite common to find cents of this type that are identifiable solely by the Chain device, which is much bolder in the die.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/25/2020

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1793 CHAIN "AMERICA" 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 7500 10500 19500 34500 55000 95000 124000 150000 170000 200000 225000 265000 350000 535000 1000000 1350000 - - - -
$ - - - - 195000 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 160
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 5/11/2021 1793 CHAIN "AMERICA" 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base44817173591133341---221----160
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Total44817173591133341---221----160
 28%5%11%11%22%6%7%2%2%2%3%1%---1%1%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1793 CHAIN "AMERICA" 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1707246431033601456559227014785983208601899292349588102261104712178212532150522217230773024939365
1959267732693922501762867296801384148731907393529801105001142415203213372174222504254683328841333
00000072968013841487319073935298011050011424152032133721742225042546800
000000757781668507886291539470100131077311801182282142121980227902785800
1793 CHAIN "AMERICA" 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111164738428880990469379958899181051511529129371461916353188422198111
111112158712585558888915794499698101171085311998134981519717183198882198111
000000712585558888915794499698101171085311998134981519717183198882198100
000000777686828967926895189808103161119112468140581577518012209352198100
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Grade: VF 30 BN
Points: 4565
Owner: BillJones
 
Grade: VF 20 BN
Points: 4565
Owner: Good Trimes
 
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