Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,929,500
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1871 1C MS obverse 1871 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1871 cent is a semi-key issue in the Indian Head series, with the fourth lowest mintage after 1909-S, 1877 and 1908-S. Examples are very scarce in all grades.

The issue of redundancy in minor coins was finally addressed by Congress this year with passage of a redemption bill that permitted holders of excessive cents to redeem them when presented in large quantities. These returned cents were not recirculated, but instead were melted and the recovered metal reused. This helps to explain the rarity of certain earlier cents, and it also explains the very low production during 1871 and for much of that decade.

With its low mintage, there are few varieties for the 1871 cent. One that is highly sought is the Reverse of 1869 in which letter N of ONE is shallow.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/14/2019

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1871 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 90.00 125 245 315 430 520 540 610 630 650 665 725 825 1300 1800 3100 - - - -
$ - - 560 620 640 - - 750 900 1400 - - - -
1871 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 710 780 1100 1300 2600 3700 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1580 - - - -
1871 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 775 1050 2500 4200 9000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 5500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1230
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: 11/12/2019 1871 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base151266948139657125396378110614471232----950
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Total151266948139657125396378110614471232----950
 2 %13 %7 %5 %15 %7 %7 %3 %4 %7 %8 %0 %1 %6 %5 %7 %2 %0 %---- 
1871 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------3642117887----263
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--------------2-------2
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Total------------3644117887----265
 ------------1 %2 %17 %44 %33 %3 %---- 
1871 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------11114-----17
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Total-------------11114-----17
 -------------6 %6 %65 %24 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/31/2001 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2001 June Long Beach Signature Sale #263, 263/Lot# 7548 $1,035.00
2/11/2007 PCGS AU 58   Brown Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 951 $460.00
5/22/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Teletrade Auction 3070, 3070/Lot# 1036 $47.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 65   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 526 $1,880.00
1/6/2013 PCGS Genuine VG   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/06/2013, 56/Lot# 88368 $71.50
10/20/2013 PCGS VG 8   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 774, 783/Lot# 732 $85.00
5/25/2014 PCGS G 4   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/25/2014, 183/Lot# 195469 $59.50
9/7/2014 NGC MS 66   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 201237 $3,200.00
10/12/2014 PCGS F 15   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131442/Lot# 25615 $188.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2983204377158389901081117912191258128413031327142715581969246429853191340737745105
30535953075688910201114119212321267129013111360147116952134263830543263352942180
0000001114119212321267129013111360147116952134263830543263352900
0000001146120612451275129713191394151418322299281131223335365200
1871 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base32334847176489310511144125612911300131513331393150519282268272734473675391543225787
33138956980794610821181126812941305132113531430164620412421296735233755405148100
0000001181126812941305132113531430164620412421296735233755405100
0000001219127912971310132713731468178721552574320735993835418600
1871 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base26233642352464879187595498810111044106614771799246434865825958812476142421618818323
28736545756569681990196599610221051120315842021280542667079105511306514891169000
0000009019659961022105112031584202128054266707910551130651489100
00000092897710031033105913401692224231455045833411513136531553900
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