Coin Specifications

Category: Coronet Head Cents (1816-1839)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,948,400
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.8900g
Diameter: 28-29mm
Edge: Plain
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1817 1C MS obverse 1817 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With a whopping mintage of nearly four million pieces, the 1817 cent is a common coin in any grade short of gem. A number may be found with partial red color, and the nicest of these 1817 cents have survived from the Randall Hoard dispersed more than a century ago.

N-13 and N-14 comprise the majority of 1817 Randall Hoard cents, but several other die marriages are also common, including N-6 (photos). Scarce ones include N-1, -2, -4, -5, -7, -12 and -15. The only moderately rare marriage for this date is N-17.

The most popular variety is far and away N-16, easily spotted for its 15 obverse stars in place of the normal 13. This undoubtedly resulted from a spacing error when punching the stars into the die, and the engraver sought to balance the array with two extra stars. Fortunately for collectors, this variety is not rare in circulated grades, though its great appeal does bring a premium price.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/19/2019

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1817 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 35.00 42.00 55.00 110 250 385 415 500 700 740 800 975 1180 1600 3450 6100 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3400 4300 - - -
1817 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 875 1050 1400 2100 4200 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 600
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
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: 5/4/2021 1817 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base825262066252716193768-3959654493----556
----------1-----------1
----------1-----------1
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Total825262066252716193770-3959654493----558
 1%4%5%4%12%4%5%3%3%7%13%-7%11%12%8%2%1%---- 
1817 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------12-816143-----44
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Total----------12-816143-----44
 ----------2%5%-18%36%32%7%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1817 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base851151432013957257938659081013133313931438155818652048300939844373665611
951241622665057488178799431120135314081478166019262368333441145134665611
0000008178799431120135314081478166019262368333441145134665600
0000008418949781226137314231518176319872689365942435895665600
1817 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10614317924847184491899910481164151915371558175320872910334543964814725711
118155202322595869945101510871282152515441623186423613055369545355628725711
000000945101510871282152515441623186423613055369545355628725700
000000972103211251401153115511688197626363200404646756443725700
1817 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base13117121228853994910331121117313001683175318081949231132385049711011242111
14418523737267697710621138121514281706177118552070262038425736848711242111
00000010621138121514281706177118552070262038425736848711242100
00000010921156125815551730179019022190292944456423986511242100
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Grade: MS 62 BN
Points: 4431
Owner: Dynasty
 
Grade: MS 66 BN
Points: 3984
Owner: Dynasty
 
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