Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 700
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1874 1C PF obverse 1874 1C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The quality of 1874 proof cents is slightly superior to that of the dates immediately preceding, but none of the U. S. Mint's proof coins from the 1870s were made with the same care as those of the previous decade.

As is true of most early Indian Head proofs, both fully red and cameo pieces are quite rare.

What Walter Breen described as a repunched 4 on some proofs is actually a flaw in the numeral punch, and it is characteristic of all proofs for this date. The reverse die which debuted in 1872, with its oddly bold right pendant to the T in CENT, was used again for the 1874 proofs.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/8/2019

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1874 1C PF BN
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1874 1C PF RB
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$ - - - - - - - - - - 1450 - - -
1874 1C PF RD
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 171
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1874 1C PF BN
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Base------------2141042----23
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Total------------2141042----23
 ------------9 %4 %17 %43 %17 %9 %---- 
1874 1C PF RB
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Base-------------5114137171---112
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Total-------------5114237171---113
 -------------4 %10 %37 %33 %15 %1 %--- 
1874 1C PF RD
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Total--------------46112----23
 --------------17 %26 %48 %9 %---- 
1874 1C PF RBC
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Base---------------352----10
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Total---------------352----10
 ---------------30 %50 %20 %---- 
1874 1C PF RDC
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Base----------------21----3
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Total----------------21----3
 ----------------67 %33 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Price
7/26/2003 NGC PF 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore, MD. Signature Sale #328, 328/Lot# 5437 $1,322.50
6/29/2005 NGC PF 63   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 2059, 2059/Lot# 1013 $253.00
9/19/2005 NGC PF 64   Red Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1515 $489.00
5/14/2007 NGC PF 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 141, 146/Lot# 57 $506.00
10/22/2009 NGC PF 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2009 October Signature US Coin Auction #1130, 1130/Lot# 7160 $460.00
11/9/2010 NGC PF 61   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10087 $150.65
10/2/2011 NGC PF 64   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/02/2011, 138/Lot# 18659 $423.50
2/1/2015 PCGS PF 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131506/Lot# 23057 $329.00
8/10/2016 NGC PF 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(1), 1238/Lot# 3158 $1,998.68


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1874 1C PF BN
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1874 1C PF RB
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1874 1C PF RD
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1874 1C PF BNC
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1874 1C PF RBC
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1874 1C PF RDC
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1874 1C PF RDU
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