Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 39,208,000
Catalog: KM-90a
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 5/9/2016

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1881 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 3.25 4.75 7.00 12.00 25.00 33.00 38.00 45.00 50.00 55.00 60.00 80.00 100.00 200 310 500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 110 215 350 - - -
1881 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 70.00 95.00 150 295 540 1350 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 105 175 320 600 - - -
1881 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 155 325 625 1200 3050 24000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 700 1450 4850 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 767
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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11/7/1998 NGC MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions 1998 Santa Clara Bullet Sale #193, 193/Lot# 30 $825.00
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 138 $230.00
12/22/2008 NGC MS 65   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 312, 318/Lot# 93 $276.00
1/19/2011 PCGS AG 3   Brown Teletrade Auction 2999, 2999/Lot# 1049 $14.00
5/30/2012 NGC MS 66   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2137 $632.50
6/22/2014 NGC   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/22/2014, 200/Lot# 113811 $34.00
8/8/2014 NGC MS 63   Red Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21104 $88.13


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16202428379410612314316319422023726535156382010661163126514432115
17212531569811213015017320322624629442264990210981197132416670
00000011213015017320322624629442264990210981197132400
00000011713615618421123125632249273498411311231138400
1881 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2024283241102115135155179209241272351463774110316831901214124033369
2125293561106122142163189220251298388567884129617561981222827250
000000122142163189220251298388567884129617561981222800
000000128148171199230262325426670993149018282061231600
1881 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base283237505411512714716719422726529547779312061799293671987592825210578
29344151741191341541762052402753565829311404217843577329781290270
0000001341541762052402753565829311404217843577329781200
00000014016018521625228541668810681601255757777461803200
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