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: 1458
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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5/31/2004 NGC MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 87 $265.00
11/13/2007 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2007 November Dallas, TX US Coin Final Session #453, 453/Lot# 7079 $546.25
1/1/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 316, 322/Lot# 5034 $1,265.00
10/13/2011 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 7161 $431.25
2/15/2012 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 3226, 3226/Lot# 1022 $260.00
4/21/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131318/Lot# 28747 $170.38
10/14/2013 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 3452, 3452/Lot# 1025 $360.00
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 164838 $1,375.00
7/20/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 30539 $299.63

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