Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 6,420,000
Catalog: KM-90a
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1869 1C MS obverse 1869 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

A redundancy of cents in circulation drove down the demand for additional pieces, and this ushered in a four-year stretch of low mintage issues beginning in 1869. This date is highly sought across all grades, and Mint State red pieces are quite rare.

Two of the three repunched date varieties listed at left are quite similar in appearance yet very different in rarity. The more popular one is FS-301 (Snow-3, photos), which is rare only in high grades. VP-003 (Snow-4) is nearly indistinguishable and often mis-attributed as the more common variety. The most certain way to tell them apart is by comparing the relative position of numeral 1 to the denticles below it.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 5/9/2016

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1869 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 85.00 130 215 360 445 525 550 650 750 775 790 815 925 1150 1650 3200 - - - -
$ - - 570 665 765 - 800 830 1000 - - - - -
1869 1C MS Red Brown
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1869 1C MS Red
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1486
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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2/11/2006 NGC XF 45   Brown Heritage Auctions Continuous Internet Auction #66023, 66023/Lot# 24030 $345.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2420 $1,380.00
4/1/2010 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 467, 473/Lot# 7007 $948.75
5/30/2010 PCGS AU 50   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1182 $497.00
7/23/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Teletrade Auction 3316, 3316/Lot# 1013 $42.00
2/22/2013 PCGS   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6553 $511.13
6/2/2014 NGC VF 25   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3484, 6033/Lot# 20005 $581.63
7/13/2014 PCGS   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/13/2014, 203/Lot# 206104 $231.00
3/3/2016 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2016 March 3 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1233/Lot# 7073 $763.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base23730445062087410881103113811931303133313751421147715831799217929103113332536864994
25935350770594510931115115612301313134713901440151216551926242329783184344541220
0000001115115612301313134713901440151216551926242329783184344500
0000001126117512661323136114061458154817272052266630453254356600
1869 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base25833047966393011551170120612641379141014331477155818432302280735644893578868007937
282380540752100511601182122513021389141814481504165319962470305940075191612571790
0000001182122513021389141814481504165319962470305940075191612500
0000001194124513411400142514621531174821492639331244505490646300
1869 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2783545157099881223124312781337145714891514151416581928261439847756827295831104112658
30340858080210661230125512981377146814971514156217482157307152417928870910069115800
00000012551298137714681497151415621748215730715241792887091006900
00000012661317141714781506151416101838238535276499810091461055500
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