Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 960
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 PF obverse 1871 1C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The proof cents of 1871 come with either the Shallow N reverse (photos) or the Bold N reverse. While the former is highly sought for the currency pieces, the proofs are not generally collected by varieties.

1871 proof cents, like all denominations of this date, were rather poorly made. The polishing of the dies was heavy-handed, leaving a slightly dished effect at the peripheries and almost no contrast between fields and devices. Examples certified with cameo contrast are indeed rarities. Also quite elusive are pieces displaying full red color that is original (most "red" proofs have been cleaned at one time and will not receive numeric grades).

The total number of 1871 proof cents sold in unknown, as the additional coins sold outside of the 960 silver proof sets were in documents destroyed by the Mint in 1925.

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Last Updated: 8/8/2019

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1871 1C PF BN
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1871 1C PF RB
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1871 1C PF RD
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 214
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1871 1C PF BN
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Total------------174993----33
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1871 1C PF RB
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Total-------------426644812----154
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1871 1C PF RD
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Total---------------9143----26
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1871 1C PF RBC
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 1C PF BN
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1871 1C PF RB
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1871 1C PF RD
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1871 1C PF BNC
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1871 1C PF RBC
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1871 1C PF RDC
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1871 1C PF RDU
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