Coin Specifications

Category: Classic Head Cents (1808-1814)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,075,500
Obverse Designer: John Reich
Reverse Designer: John Reich
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.8900g
Diameter: 29mm
Edge: Plain
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1812 1C MS obverse 1812 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This date had a relatively high mintage for the Classic Head type and is tied with 1814 as the issue most often seen in higher circulated grades with decent planchets. It is thus a favorite with type collectors.

Four die marriages resulted from four separate die pairs, though one of these varieties (S-291) employed a reverse die used previously for the 1811/0 overdate cents. Two varieties (S-288 and -289, photos) display a Large Date (numeral 8), while the other two (S-290 and -291) have a Small Date, but there is little difference in rarity or value.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/6/2019

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1812 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 175 230 520 950 2250 3250 4000 5000 6550 8500 9250 11000 18500 26500 35000 - - - - -
$ - - - - 6700 - - 12500 19000 - - - - -
1812 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 317
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
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: 10/22/2019 1812 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base13374429552422982018-8134811----314
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Total13374429552422982018-8134811----314
 4 %12 %14 %9 %18 %8 %7 %3 %3 %6 %6 %-3 %4 %1 %3 %0 %0 %---- 
1812 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------12-----3
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Total---------------12-----3
 ---------------33 %67 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
4/15/1998 NGC VF 25   Brown Teletrade Auction 1041, 1041/Lot# 1003 $327.00
5/24/2000 PCGS VF 30   Brown Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20061, 20061/Lot# 1017 $420.00
5/29/2007 NGC VF 20   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 145, 150/Lot# 23 $471.50
4/21/2013 PCGS G 6   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/21/2013, 71/Lot# 111102 $122.10
12/5/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 7047 $998.75
7/11/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5088 $1,005.80
7/19/2015 PCGS Genuine F   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131530/Lot# 27528 $89.00
9/5/2019 PCGS Genuine VG   Brown Heritage Auctions 2019 September 5 - 8 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1299/Lot# 7207 $84.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1812 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base31432375279491393182121612278235224582525275432813783438954665656154672369411
5017433466810971536193422002303238724802601293034483985474855298926182092369410
000000193422002303238724802601293034483985474855298926182092369400
0000002048223923272423250326783105361641875107559312197209522369400
1812 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111150521972342243325612643296035643968504969518785112321496711
11111502173622452372247625882749316136994328568375629601124771496710
000000173622452372247625882749316136994328568375629601124771496700
0000001966229424032518261628543363383346896317817410416137221496700
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Grade: AU Details
Points: 1081
Owner: AKSHCC
 
Grade: XF Details
Points: 697
Owner: YAHTZEEK
 
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