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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1881 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 3.50 4.50 6.50 11.00 24.00 30.00 38.50 42.00 50.00 55.00 60.00 80.00 115 180 350 500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 135 225 400 - - -
1881 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 70.00 115 155 230 500 1300 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 130 175 320 600 - - -
1881 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 155 325 525 1000 3400 24000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 625 1250 4850 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 835
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: 11/19/2019 1881 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base331-1077781613-7417997313----333
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---------------1------1
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Total331-1077781613-7417998313----334
 1 %1 %0 %-3 %2 %2 %2 %2 %5 %4 %-2 %12 %24 %29 %9 %1 %---- 
1881 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1378177114251---408
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Total-------------1378177114251---408
 -------------3 %19 %43 %28 %6 %0 %--- 
1881 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------24237112---94
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Total--------------24237112---94
 --------------2 %45 %39 %12 %2 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/15/2003 NGC MS 65   Red Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 78 $949.00
3/1/2009 PCGS MS 62   Brown Teletrade Auction 2659, 2659/Lot# 1013 $92.00
1/24/2010 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #210021, 210021/Lot# 20401 $195.50
4/21/2013 PCGS MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131318/Lot# 28764 $135.13
6/29/2014 PCGS   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 195/Lot# 204347 $52.13
6/23/2014 PCGS   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3487, 6036/Lot# 20021 $57.58
11/2/2014 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10439 $104.00
1/14/2018 PCGS MS 63   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131804/Lot# 27107 $69.00


NGC Registry

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