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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/12/2019

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1881 1C PF BN
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 160 190 220 310 585 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: 400
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1881 1C PF BN
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Base------------19203222134---101
------------------1---1
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Total------------19203222135---102
 ------------1 %9 %20 %31 %22 %13 %5 %--- 
1881 1C PF RB
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Base------------142387734071--236
----------------1-1---2
------------------2---2
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Total------------1423877440101--240
 ------------0 %2 %10 %36 %31 %17 %4 %0 %-- 
1881 1C PF RD
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Base--------------11226121---52
--------------1---1---2
-----------------1----1
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Total--------------21226132---55
 --------------4 %22 %47 %24 %4 %--- 
1881 1C PF RBC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1-51----7
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-----------------1----1
-----------------1----1
Total--------------1-53----9
 --------------11 %-56 %33 %---- 
1881 1C PF RDC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------112----4
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Total---------------112----4
 ---------------25 %25 %50 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Price
2/4/1998 NGC PF 65   Red Teletrade Auction 1021, 1021/Lot# 1061 $436.00
9/23/2007 PCGS PF 64   Brown Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1082 $287.50
9/21/2009 NGC PF 65   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7088 $862.50
8/11/2010 NGC PF 67   Brown Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 3931 $2,760.00
2/10/2013 NGC Details Proof Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131308/Lot# 28638 $155.10
12/22/2013 PCGS PF 64   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 148257 $200.00
3/27/2015 PCGS PF 65   Red Brown Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 5163 $881.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 1C PF BN
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1881 1C PF RB
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Base33333333163258381453463487575809110314832169306633
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00000031092263404294594795457311005135619402767306600
1881 1C PF RD
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Base333333331983114505345465757411103173523623675546633
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00000031332734035065425656859821524215332374869546600
1881 1C PF BNC
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1881 1C PF RBC
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Base333333332343635196136276557641053140818602665370433
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0000003802774155506176366918601171155821283011370400
00000031573204675816226457279561289170923963357370400
1881 1C PF RDC
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Base333333332854316117157297649691408215828904403643733
33333339733349164571974083211151658240233945081643730
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1881 1C PF RBU
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1881 1C PF RDU
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