Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 10,266,500
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1868 1C MS obverse 1868 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The production of cents rose only modestely from 1867, and 1868 is another date that is scarce within the overall Indian Head series. It's interesting to note, however, that what seems like a small mintage in 1868 would have been considered quite high for the pre-war era of large cents. As American industry created more jobs and mass production lowered prices, the demand for cents was much higher overall.

Mint State examples of this date are elusive, especially with significant amounts of red color. Circulated pieces are fairly scarce in the higher grades, but worn examples exist in sufficient numbers to fill albums.

This date is another one notable for die-punching varieties, and the most popular of these are listed at left.

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Last Updated: 3/22/2021

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1868 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 60.00 80.00 105 130 185 235 250 280 300 310 315 335 400 550 1000 1780 - - - -
$ - - 260 290 305 - - 350 450 650 - - - -
1868 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 450 575 800 1300 2100 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1000 1500 - - -
1868 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 775 1500 3500 39000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2750 6750 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1214
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
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: 6/22/2021 1868 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base18653823833982333775761217864751841---831
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----------------1-----1
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Total18653823833982333775761217864751941---832
 2%8%5%3%10%5%10%4%4%9%9%0%3%9%8%9%2%0%0%--- 
1868 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1--12571709612----348
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---------------1------1
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Total----------1--12571719612----349
 ----------0%--3%16%49%28%3%---- 
1868 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------413153----35
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Total--------------413153----35
 --------------11%37%43%9%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12714320127240958662067470575477479382084710131239158320872245241226973745
13216222531846859763868472176178080282990210881354175121402301250730463932
00000063868472176178080282990210881354175121402301250700
00000065669573876778781183895811641468191921922356260200
1868 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base143167220295442629663721752783806820891102812391421206827272920312234674719
151185245344504640682731762791811844937109813001637228827912987323738844955
000000682731762791811844937109813001637228827912987323700
000000702742773798815867982116913601852250728563055335200
1868 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15918324131747767270976879883584787494811381583226836578686913796061039113134
167202266370542684729778810839856899101112861811273153338836929398681130513791
0000007297788108398568991011128618112731533388369293986800
00000074878882384386592310751435204031947010898794501012900
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