Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,275,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1870 1C MS obverse 1870 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Cent production was once again modest in this year, as a glut of existing pieces limited the demand for new ones. Aggravating this situation was the fact that cents were not redeemable when their numbers became excessive, and merchants who accumulated too many would have them refused as bank deposits. This situation was not addressed by Congress until the following year.

A new reverse hub was transitioned during this year. The old hub featured a shallow or depressed letter N in ONE, while the new reverse had this element of equal depth to the rest of the lettering. Very few dies taken from the old hub were used after 1869, and this Reverse of 1869 is rare for 1870 and the next two years.

1870 cents are quite scarce in the higher circulated grades and in Mint State, with fully red examples being genuinely rare.

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Last Updated: 3/22/2021

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1870 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 80.00 125 200 325 450 510 520 575 620 635 645 665 700 925 1200 3200 - - - -
$ - - 535 585 625 - - 685 785 1000 - - - -
1870 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 735 1000 1150 1800 4000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1350 3000 - - -
1870 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1100 1750 4250 12000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1228
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/15/2021 1870 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base289575531295610029315570118455847211----912
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---------------1------1
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Total289575531295610029315570118455848211----913
 3%10%8%6%14%6%11%3%3%6%8%0%2%5%6%5%2%0%---- 
1870 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1--20491158811----284
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Total----------1--20491158811----284
 ----------0%--7%17%40%31%4%---- 
1870 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------12371----32
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Total--------------12371----32
 --------------3%72%22%3%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1870 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20923742364282010211066109511101186123312521271129614211583188628603059326936254918
21829949670188710361076110011351202123912581279133814751684221129263129338840565164
0000001076110011351202123912581279133814751684221129263129338800
0000001085110511611217124612651288137915291785253529933199350600
1870 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base23025845668687410841131115711771222126912841321136915311949258534474387521461527209
23932453374994411001140116411921238127412961337142316702161287237604663552765047569
0000001140116411921238127412961337142316702161287237604663552700
0000001148117012071253127913091353147718102373316040744938583900
1870 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base25128248973393011491200122612471270129013271363143317302215373059228938103251186413567
261351570799100311661209123312551277130213391386153218922720446169279400108381243214245
00000012091233125512771302133913861532189227204461692794001083800
00000012171240126212831315135114101631205332255191793398631135100
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