Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head Cents (1808-1814)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,109,000
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.8900g
Diameter: 29mm
Edge: Plain
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1808 1C MS obverse 1808 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Given the slight scarcity of this date, the reported mintage for the year 1808 likely included some cents dated 1807. Walter Breen suggested that 102,000 were of the earlier date.

Three die marriages are known of this date. S-278 (photos) is the least often seen, though none are particularly rare. S-277 is fairly common. As the Census figures below reveal, Mint State examples of any variety are rare and are essentially unknown in full red.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/17/2019

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1808 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 150 275 650 1000 2450 3600 4900 5900 6750 9750 10000 12750 14500 23500 33500 43000 - - - -
1808 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 58500 - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 124
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1808 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base46192027974193-2131121---120
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Total46192027974193-2131121---120
 3 %5 %16 %17 %23 %8 %6 %3 %1 %8 %3 %-2 %1 %3 %1 %1 %2 %1 %--- 
1808 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------13------4
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Total--------------13------4
 --------------25 %75 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/22/1997 PCGS XF 40   Brown Teletrade Auction 0991, 991/Lot# 1008 $872.00
1/24/2005 NGC F 12   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #25, 29/Lot# 14 $287.50
5/28/2008 PCGS F 15   Brown Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 7137 $546.25
9/6/2009 PCGS MS 62   Brown Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2376 $18,688.00
3/31/2011 NGC XF 40   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 310 $776.25
1/9/2013 PCGS VG 10   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 8187 $352.50
10/20/2013 PCGS FA 2   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/20/2013, 97/Lot# 139823 $36.63
8/7/2019 PCGS Genuine F   Brown Heritage Auctions Tuesday & Wednesday US Coins Weekly Online Auction Session(1), 131933/Lot# 23017 $228.00
9/11/2019 PCGS Genuine F   Brown Heritage Auctions Tuesday & Wednesday US Coins Weekly Online Auction Session(1), 131938/Lot# 25028 $192.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1808 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1551833365399581558198923352489258527212807298533653868457854667198140392060211
16423440367811581701210423862521263027492866311135324104487460439478162262060210
000000210423862521263027492866311135324104487460439478162262060200
0000002219243725532675277829253238370043415170662011758184142060200
1808 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111116342368254626572813291031943601418751587077838510759111
1111154518792427258327092845300533303796451157987513917610759110
00000018792427258327092845300533303796451157987513917610759100
00000021232487262027612878309934653992483464377949996810759100
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Grade: XF 40 BN
Points: 779
Owner: AKSHCC
 
Grade: VG Details
Points: 308
Owner: Ray, USMC
 
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