Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 20,566,000
Catalog: KM-90
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 4.6700g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1860 1C MS obverse 1860 1C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

By 1860 the Mint's program of retiring the old copper cents and half cents was largely complete, and merchants began to complain about a redundancy of the new small cents. These coins were not redeemable at the Treasury, so the existing stock forced a reduction in the number minted for 1860.

A mintage of 20+ million coins was still fairly large for the times, so this issue is not rare in any grade short of MS-65. Most examples are well struck and have pleasing luster.

A major variety for this date displays the old style bust used in 1859, with a pointed tip to Liberty's bust (photos). Just a few working dies were hubbed from this bust before a new one was adopted having a rounded tip, and the majority of 1860 cents have the rounded bust.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/9/2016

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1860 1C MS
Base $ 12.00 15.00 21.00 35.00 70.00 100.00 110 135 175 190 225 260 340 550 1400 3650 19500 - - -
$ - - 115 145 180 - 235 280 385 750 1800 4900 - -

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Total Graded: 1457
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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8/24/1998 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1079, 1079/Lot# 1019 $196.20
10/12/2004 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24103, 24103/Lot# 13049 $741.75
2/1/2009 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 729 $373.75
10/27/2013 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 775, 784/Lot# 1205 $68.00
12/15/2013 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 156459 $181.50
3/9/2014 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131411/Lot# 20530 $98.70
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5137 $1,468.75
5/24/2015 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131522/Lot# 21020 $223.25
5/31/2015 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131523/Lot# 23060 $94.00
12/3/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1227/Lot# 3017 $7,637.50

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