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 several reverses having either a small or large value fraction. The only rare combination is that of the Large Date with Small Fraction, S-264. The example illustrated here (S-254) illustrates a Small Date/Small Fraction pairing.

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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Last Updated: 2/16/2017

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1803 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 95.00 175 280 475 1250 2100 2375 2750 3850 4450 5050 6800 10750 19000 30000 50000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 12600 - - - - -
1803 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 95000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 736
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 67


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4/6/1998 PCGS VF 25   Brown Teletrade Auction 1038, 1038/Lot# 1010 $207.10
8/27/2007 NGC XF 45   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday Sale - Internet Auction # 172, 178/Lot# 2 $1,127.00
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1147 $4,680.00
4/28/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131319/Lot# 20794 $123.38
1/26/2014 NGC VF 20   Brown Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 639 $541.00
3/16/2014 PCGS Genuine VF   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/16/2014, 172/Lot# 173674 $209.00
6/3/2014 PCGS Genuine F   Brown Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3380 $151.58
1/11/2015 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131503/Lot# 25009 $141.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1803 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base721431863665861284146916341888203822432368252528853281381753671111416877111
961572464398191346152417191938210622852420264530173460433472831303516877110
000000152417191938210622852420264530173460433472831303516877100
000000157918031988217523262473276531493638485091981495616877100
1803 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111111031658195321242355249526993149374746946545823210954111
1111136812881756201022012402256328493348406353117107913910954110
00000012881756201022012402256328493348406353117107913910954100
000000147318552067227824482631299935484378592876701004710954100
1803 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111111365245815581610867127431842895881104711111
111111112183961491457566309695177638814100741104711110
000000112183961491457566309695177638814100741104711100
000000124354271524759326510719180959201105601104711100
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