Coin Specifications

Category: Flowing Hair Cents (1793)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: "Designer unknown, engraved by Henry Voigt"
Reverse Designer: "Designer unknown, engraved by Henry Voigt"
Composition: Copper
Weight: 13.4800g
Diameter: 26-27mm
Edge: Vine and Bars
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1793 CHAIN "AMERICA" 1C MS obverse 1793 CHAIN "AMERICA" 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Four obverse dies were paired with a single reverse die to create the four die marriages of the Chain Cent having AMERICA spelled in full. S-2 (photos), S-3 and S-4 are all scarce, while NC-1 is among the rarest of all early cents.

A total of 36,103 Chain Cents were coined March 1-12 of 1793. How this mintage breaks down into varieties isn't known, but all examples are desirable to type collectors.

All of the obverse dies features very shallow engraving which led to the Liberty portrait being worn away quickly. It's quite common to find cents of this type that are identifiable solely by the Chain device, which is much bolder in the die.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/14/2017

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1793 CHAIN "AMERICA" 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 7300 13000 20000 32250 62000 90000 124000 143000 170000 200000 225000 265000 330000 535000 1000000 1350000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 146
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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8/18/2004 NGC VF 25   Brown Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Signature Sale #352, 352/Lot# 5077 $26,450.00
5/24/2009 PCGS VF 35   Brown Goldberg May 24-27, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 53/Lot# 132 $35,650.00
8/26/2012 NGC VG 8   Brown Teletrade Auction 3335, 3335/Lot# 1018 $3,900.00
7/25/2014 PCGS Genuine FA   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3492, 6043/Lot# 22007 $1,762.50
10/12/2014 PCGS   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 207844 $4,250.00
10/29/2014 PCGS Genuine VF   Brown Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 3268 $4,993.75
10/3/2016 PCGS Genuine PR   Brown Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1240/Lot# 3426 $1,645.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1793 CHAIN "AMERICA" 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1707246431033601456559227014785983208601899292349588102261104712178212532150522217230773024939365
195926773269392250176286729680138414873190739352980110500114241520321337217422250425468332880
00000072968013841487319073935298011050011424152032133721742225042546800
000000757781668507886291539470100131077311801182282142121980227902785800
1793 CHAIN "AMERICA" 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111164738428880990469379958899181051511529129371461916353188422198111
111112158712585558888915794499698101171085311998134981519717183198882198110
000000712585558888915794499698101171085311998134981519717183198882198100
000000777686828967926895189808103161119112468140581577518012209352198100
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Grade: VF 30 BN
Points: 4565
Owner: BillJones
 
Grade: VF 20 BN
Points: 4565
Owner: DLCCOIN
 
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