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: 8/14/2019

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1872 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 110 185 280 460 600 700 740 765 800 815 880 885 1100 1675 2600 3900 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 945 1430 1750 3250 - - -
1872 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 975 1380 1600 2100 3350 8000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1430 1850 2350 4500 - - -
1872 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 3150 7000 17500 40000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 8500 20000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1581
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
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: 3/2/2021 1872 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base321271191262198011849448289-26834546174----1306
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Total321271191262198011849448289-26834546174----1306
 2%10%9%10%17%6%9%4%3%6%7%-2%6%3%4%1%0%---- 
1872 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------1-21543103769----249
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---------------1------1
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Total----------1-21543104769----250
 ----------0%-1%6%17%42%30%4%---- 
1872 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------51641----26
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Total--------------51641----26
 --------------19%62%15%4%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base278381620838100512191271137514101438146114771505163419492106291036753915416745936123
312461693894107612361306138714191446146614861548173920012374316537553999430951036429
0000001306138714191446146614861548173920012374316537553999430900
0000001340139814291453147214961591184420542642342038354083445100
1872 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base301409663893107212911345142114501477151015311658192820482448344754665787612366878687
337494740953114513091370143114591488151715731748196821812781412055735899631173549121
0000001370143114591488151715731748196821812781412055735899631100
0000001396144014681499152416161838200823153114479356806011649900
1872 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base330439709948113713661423150215311561159416171749206831944499719892349694101961101613877
3665297891011121313851449151215411572160216611855244336295399787793879861104691197014571
00000014491512154115721602166118552443362953997877938798611046900
000000147615211551158316091705196228194064629885559541100291074300
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