Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 10,266,500
Catalog: KM-90a
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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Price Guide

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1868 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 55.00 80.00 120 175 235 250 280 300 310 315 335 435 585 975 1775 - - - -
$ - - 260 290 305 - - 350 450 640 - - - -
1868 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 345 375 450 575 800 1375 2450 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 925 1500 - - -
1868 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 500 775 2000 4050 39000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2750 6750 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1007
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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1/12/2005 NGC MS 66   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 5046 $862.50
2/10/2008 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 1767 $748.00
12/25/2011 NGC VG 8   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131201/Lot# 28702 $36.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 520 $705.00
12/17/2012 NGC XF 40   Brown Teletrade Auction 3400, 3400/Lot# 1081 $103.50
6/8/2014 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 198443 $413.68
8/17/2014 PCGS VF 25   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 817, 826/Lot# 1012 $105.00
8/24/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131435/Lot# 21015 $96.35


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12714320127240958662067470575477479382084710131239158320872245241226973745
13216222531846859763868472176178080282990210881354175121402301250730460
00000063868472176178080282990210881354175121402301250700
00000065669573876778781183895811641468191921922356260200
1868 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base143167220295442629663721752783806820891102812391421206827272920312234674719
151185245344504640682731762791811844937109813001637228827912987323738840
000000682731762791811844937109813001637228827912987323700
000000702742773798815867982116913601852250728563055335200
1868 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15918324131747767270976879883584787494811381583226836578686913796061039113134
16720226637054268472977881083985689910111286181127315333883692939868113050
0000007297788108398568991011128618112731533388369293986800
00000074878882384386592310751435204031947010898794501012900
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