Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 39,208,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1881 1C MS obverse 1881 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue is quite common in worn condition and seemingly available in most Mint State grades, as well. As with any old copper coins, however, fully red survivors are rare.

There are no popular varieties for this date, yet the date impression is itself a variety of sort. The engraver attempted to simulate a curving date by punching numerals 81 at a slight tilt to the first 18. The resulting coins are thus transitional between the straight date of previous years and the curving dates of subsequent years.

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Last Updated: 3/22/2021

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1881 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 6.00 7.50 10.00 15.00 25.00 30.00 35.00 42.00 50.00 55.00 60.00 80.00 115 180 350 500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 135 225 400 - - -
1881 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 70.00 115 150 255 500 1300 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 130 175 320 600 - - -
1881 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 155 325 525 1000 3400 24000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 625 1250 4850 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 895
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/15/2021 1881 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base332-13799101817-74389100374----371
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---------------1------1
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Total332-13799101817-74389101374----372
 1%1%1%-3%2%2%2%3%5%5%-2%12%24%27%10%1%---- 
1881 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------11585184118251---429
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Total------------11585184118251---429
 ------------0%3%20%43%28%6%0%--- 
1881 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------24337112---95
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Total--------------24337112---95
 --------------2%45%39%12%2%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16202428379410612314316319422023726535156382010661163126514432115
17212531569811213015017320322624629442264990210981197132416672221
00000011213015017320322624629442264990210981197132400
00000011713615618421123125632249273498411311231138400
1881 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2024283241102115135155179209241272351463774110316831901214124033369
2125293561106122142163189220251298388567884129617561981222827253537
000000122142163189220251298388567884129617561981222800
000000128148171199230262325426670993149018282061231600
1881 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base283237505411512714716719422726529547779312061799293671987592825210578
293441517411913415417620524027535658293114042178435773297812902711107
0000001341541762052402753565829311404217843577329781200
00000014016018521625228541668810681601255757777461803200
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