Coin Specifications

Category: Draped Bust Cents (1796-1807)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,131,691
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.8900g
Diameter: 29mm
Edge: Plain
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1803 1C MS obverse 1803 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The number of cents coined during 1803 was reported as 2,471,353, while the figure above is a reconstruction based on the assumption that much of 1804's mintage was dated 1803. The truth is that no one will ever know how many 1803-dated cents were struck.

There are four major varieties for 1803. These resulted from the use of several obverse dies having either a small or large numeral 3 paired with reverses having either a small or large value fraction. The only rare combination is that of the Large Date with Small Fraction, S-264.

Other popular varieties are S-243, which lacks stems to the wreath, and S-249, on which the erroneous fraction 1/000 has been corrected by punching a 1 over the first 0. Neither is rare, but they bring modest premiums for their novelty.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/30/2019

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1803 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 100.00 175 280 475 1250 2000 2375 2750 3850 4450 5050 6800 10750 19000 30000 50000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 12600 - - - - -
1803 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 95000 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 850
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1803 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base806590124203506292439421101715861----846
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---------1------------1
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Total806590124203506292440421101715861----847
 9%8%11%15%24%6%7%1%3%5%5%0%1%2%2%1%1%0%---- 
1803 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1---21------4
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Total----------1---21------4
 ----------25%---50%25%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1803 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base721431863665861284146916341888203822432368252528853281381753671111416877111
961572464398191346152417191938210622852420264530173460433472831303516877111
000000152417191938210622852420264530173460433472831303516877100
000000157918031988217523262473276531493638485091981495616877100
1803 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111111031658195321242355249526993149374746946545823210954111
1111136812881756201022012402256328493348406353117107913910954111
00000012881756201022012402256328493348406353117107913910954100
000000147318552067227824482631299935484378592876701004710954100
1803 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111111365245815581610867127431842895881104711111
111111112183961491457566309695177638814100741104711111
000000112183961491457566309695177638814100741104711100
000000124354271524759326510719180959201105601104711100
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