Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,042,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1872 1C MS obverse 1872 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1872 cent has the fifth lowest mintage in the popular Indian Head series and is thus a very scarce coin across all grades. It is a true rarity in fully red Mint State.

The redemption law passed in 1871 returned countless copper-nickel and bronze cents to the Treasury and limited production of cents solely to replacement pieces and those needed for customers who demanded new pieces. This quaint custom fell by the wayside generations ago, but it was still observed in 1872.

Several die-punching varieties are noted for this date, but its overall rarity limits the amount of premium they command. One particularly popular and rare variety is that having the old Reverse of 1869 with its shallow N in ONE.

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Last Updated: 5/9/2016

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1872 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 110 185 280 465 600 700 740 765 800 835 880 940 1300 1675 3250 4600 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1075 1425 1875 3750 - - -
1872 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 875 975 1275 1500 2100 3950 10500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1350 1650 2350 4950 - - -
1872 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3050 6750 20500 49000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 8500 26500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1363
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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2/11/2000 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2000 February Long Beach Sale #222, 222/Lot# 5308 $862.50
5/12/2010 NGC VG 8   Brown Teletrade Auction 2853, 2853/Lot# 1033 $115.00
5/27/2012 PCGS XF 45   Brown Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 444 $489.90
10/17/2012 PCGS AU 58   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 532 $578.45
4/28/2013 PCGS G 6   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/28/2013, 72/Lot# 112506 $76.45
2/27/2014 NGC XF 40   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(5), 1203/Lot# 7136 $411.25
3/2/2014 PCGS MS 98   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 793, 802/Lot# 1333 $25.00
4/3/2016 NGC VF 30   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131615/Lot# 23449 $293.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base278381620838100512191271137514101438146114771505163419492106291036753915416745936123
312461693894107612361306138714191446146614861548173920012374316537553999430951030
0000001306138714191446146614861548173920012374316537553999430900
0000001340139814291453147214961591184420542642342038354083445100
1872 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base301409663893107212911345142114501477151015311658192820482448344754665787612366878687
337494740953114513091370143114591488151715731748196821812781412055735899631173540
0000001370143114591488151715731748196821812781412055735899631100
0000001396144014681499152416161838200823153114479356806011649900
1872 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base330439709948113713661423150215311561159416171749206831944499719892349694101961101613877
366529789101112131385144915121541157216021661185524433629539978779387986110469119700
00000014491512154115721602166118552443362953997877938798611046900
000000147615211551158316091705196228194064629885559541100291074300
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