Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 800
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 4.6700g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1859 1C PF obverse 1859 1C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The figure of 800 proofs is merely an estimation, and the surviving population is clearly lower. The records of proof minor coin sales before 1878 were destroyed in 1925, and researchers have had to reconstruct this information.

Extremely popular as the only date in the series having this first style of wreath, the proof 1859 cent is more expensive than its actual rarity would otherwise warrant. Most examples are well made, with bright fields and some degree of cameo contrast, but all too many suffer from the spotting evident in the examples illustrated.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/4/2019

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1859 1C PF
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1859 1C PF CA
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1859 1C PF UC
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 181
Low Grade: 62
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1859 1C PF
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Base-------------4267539181---163
-----------------1----1
----------------1-----1
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Total-------------4267540192---166
 -------------2 %16 %45 %24 %11 %1 %--- 
1859 1C PF CA
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Base---------------7631---17
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Total--------------17751---21
 --------------5 %33 %33 %24 %5 %--- 
1859 1C PF UC
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Total----------------1-----1
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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/10/2006 NGC PF 66   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 1033 $5,060.00
3/21/2011 NGC PF 66   Teletrade Auction 3034, 3034/Lot# 1004 $5,405.00
2/28/2012 NGC PF 65   Cameo Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 4007 $3,162.50
2/3/2013 NGC PF 65   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1114 $3,163.00
7/6/2014 NGC PF 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 202623 $2,100.00
10/8/2014 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1210/Lot# 3119 $3,172.50
12/7/2014 PCGS PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 833, 842/Lot# 55 $3,050.00
4/4/2017 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1253/Lot# 15060 $3,525.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 1C PF CA
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Base3333333380711211483168319802233274835144293558079821107633
333333327191112411549178220642404300337734722638090131107630
000000327191112411549178220642404300337734722638090131107600
00000035391016136216161881214825763258403351517181100441107600
1859 1C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3333333397413331744196923022585315840044860626688731220833
3333333326109314701819208023962776344042895328713599841220830
0000003326109314701819208023962776344042895328713599841220800
00000036501213160718942191249029673722457457978004110961220800
1859 1C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33333333609865116613331583179922402900357947096840961433
3333333205694965122114161655194624603126395554197764961430
0000003205694965122114161655194624603126395554197764961400
00000034077791065127714991727209326803352433261298689961400
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