Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 49,840,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 4.6700g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1863 1C MS obverse 1863 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

With silver coins worth more than their face value in green backs and thus unable to circulate, the Mint cranked out vast numbers of cents during 1863 in an attempt to provide small change. The mintage for 1863 cents set a record for a single emission that lasted until 1890. Desperate merchants took to bagging these coins in amounts of 25 or 50 cents as replacements for quarters and halves, a practice that lasted until fractional paper money filled the void.

With nearly 50 million cents coined in 1863, the dies were overworked, and many examples surviving in Mint State show noticeable die erosion. Examples in all grades short of MS-65 are nonetheless plentiful.

Popular varieties for this date are listed at left.

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Last Updated: 5/9/2016

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1863 1C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2666
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
5/10/2000 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20053, 20053/Lot# 3007 $210.00
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 194 $718.75
7/9/2009 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 July West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature US Coin Auction #1127, 1127/Lot# 7095 $402.50
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 3215, 3215/Lot# 1037 $300.00
9/9/2012 PCGS Genuine G   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/09/2012, 39/Lot# 64703 $17.11
12/8/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/08/2013, 104/Lot# 156780 $192.50
4/6/2014 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 798, 807/Lot# 703 $160.00
9/19/2014 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3500, 6054/Lot# 22019 $119.85


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