Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 35,429,286
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1865 1C MS obverse 1865 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Despite a heavy coinage of bronze cents in 1864, the immediate demand for more pieces was great in 1865. This resulted in another high mintage figure for the period, and examples of this date are plentiful today in most grades.

Two highly distinctive date styles were used for 1865 cents, and neither is rare. These are called the Plain 5 and Fancy 5, respectively. The Plain 5 has a nearly flat top and the horizontal stroke points slightly outside the ball of the 5. On the Fancy 5 the flag is boldly curved and the horizontal stroke points almost directly at the ball.

The cents of 1865 are rich in die-punching varieties, and the best of these are listed at left. A nice doubled-die reverse is also noted for this date.

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Last Updated: 8/13/2019

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1865 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 12.85 17.55 24.30 33.00 54.00 67.00 70.00 74.00 100.00 120 130 155 200 290 525 845 - - - -
$ - - 70.00 85.00 105 - - 165 220 330 650 - - -
1865 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 135 150 170 265 450 925 2000 5500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 185 275 480 1100 - - -
1865 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 240 360 620 2000 12500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 750 3000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1238
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1865 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base11252222140233161694268010396352----633
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---------------11-----2
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Total11252222140233161694268010397362----635
 0 %2 %1 %0 %3 %3 %6 %4 %5 %10 %11 %1 %4 %13 %16 %15 %6 %0 %---- 
1865 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------22193227153171---514
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---------------1------1
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Total------------22193228153171---515
 ------------0 %4 %18 %44 %30 %3 %0 %--- 
1865 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------449335----91
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---------------1------1
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Total--------------450335----92
 --------------4 %54 %36 %5 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
2/22/1997 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions February 1997 Long Beach Bullet Sale #167, 167/Lot# 31 $231.00
6/22/2003 NGC MS 66   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 1741, 1741/Lot# 1050 $467.50
9/19/2005 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1506 $408.25
12/27/2007 NGC MS 65   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 207, 213/Lot# 5036 $2,587.50
10/21/2012 PCGS XF 45   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/21/2012, 45/Lot# 79991 $51.00
2/16/2014 NGC AU 58   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131408/Lot# 24014 $68.00
5/5/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3480, 6029/Lot# 20010 $464.13
6/3/2014 NGC MS 63   Red Brown Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3480 $141.00
11/2/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131445/Lot# 23035 $129.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1865 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base24325076102183209237255304366423450502620754120616091739187821152375
27385985129192218243271325385432467541665905134016521785195722020
000000218243271325385432467541665905134016521785195700
0000002282492883454044414855817091055147516961832203600
1865 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2953083203363483633783954124294454635025517251028163428603984423946705133
2993123253403533683844014184344514765186098261230204332354069438348240
0000003844014184344514765186098261230204332354069438300
0000003894064234404574895356679271432245136094154452600
1865 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3783924094264424614794975175375585796407059251252293656105937627968537466
38339841543144846748550452454456559966277810341813382757196051647070570
00000048550452454456559966277810341813382757196051647000
00000049151053055157262068385211432375471958286165666200
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