Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,575
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 PF obverse 1881 1C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

With a huge mintage for the period, 1881 proof cents are fairly abundant. The typical example has highly reflective fields but with little or no cameo contrast. Spotty red and red-brown survivors are mostly from old dealer hoards that were dispersed from the 1930s through the '60s.

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Last Updated: 8/12/2019

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1881 1C PF BN
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 180 230 310 585 1150 3000 - - -
1881 1C PF RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 225 275 430 615 1300 3300 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 525 - 2200 - -
1881 1C PF RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 450 600 1000 1900 6850 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 2700 - -
1881 1C PF RBC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1150 - - - - -
1881 1C PF RDC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1250 1800 2500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 402
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1881 1C PF BN
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Base------------19223222154---105
------------------1---1
-----------------1----1
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Total------------19223222165---107
 ------------1%8%21%30%21%15%5%--- 
1881 1C PF RB
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Base------------142487724061--235
----------------1-1---2
------------------1---1
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Total------------142487734081--238
 ------------0%2%10%37%31%17%3%0%-- 
1881 1C PF RD
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Base--------------11226111---51
--------------1---1---2
-----------------1----1
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Total--------------21226122---54
 --------------4%22%48%22%4%--- 
1881 1C PF RBC
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Base--------------1-51----7
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-----------------1----1
-----------------1----1
Total--------------1-53----9
 --------------11%-56%33%---- 
1881 1C PF RDC
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Base---------------112----4
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Total---------------112----4
 ---------------25%25%50%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 1C PF BN
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1881 1C PF RB
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1881 1C PF RD
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1881 1C PF BNC
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1881 1C PF RBC
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0000003802774155506176366918601171155821283011370400
00000031573204675816226457279561289170923963357370400
1881 1C PF RDC
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1881 1C PF RBU
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1881 1C PF RDU
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