Coin Specifications

Category: Draped Bust Cents (1796-1807)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,131,691
Catalog: KM-22
Obverse Designer: Robert Scot
Reverse Designer: Robert Scot
Composition: Copper
Weight: 10.89g
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/16/2015

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1803 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 80.00 145 275 425 975 1600 1775 2375 2900 4250 7600 13750 19500 34500 47500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 666
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 67


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1/23/2006 NGC VG 8   Brown Heritage Auctions 2006 January Dallas, TX The Jules Reiver Collection Signature Auction #390, 390/Lot# 19568 $373.75
8/14/2008 NGC VF 25   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 274, 280/Lot# 5010 $540.50
5/30/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1147 $4,680.00
4/8/2012 NGC Details G Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/08/2012, 17/Lot# 35130 $39.00
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7/11/2013 PCGS XF 40   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1187/Lot# 4641 $1,057.50
9/25/2013 PCGS VF 35   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1189/Lot# 4827 $3,525.00
9/22/2014 NGC F 12   Brown Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 216 $207.00
4/22/2015 NGC XF 40   Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 7063 $940.00


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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