Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 45,591,500
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1883 1C MS obverse 1883 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With its very high mintage, the 1883 cent is readily available in all but the highest grades. The date on these coins is sharply curved in conformation with the border arc, and this would be the norm for Indian Head Cents through the remainder of the series.

This date is rich in die-punching varieties, most notably the MPD (Misplaced Date). Such varieties are similar in concept to repunched dates, but the extra numerals are not in contact with those of the main impression. For example, the tops of extra numerals may be seen within the denticles or overlapping Liberty's portrait.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/15/2019

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1883 1C MS BN
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Base $ 3.50 5.00 7.50 13.50 27.00 35.00 40.00 45.00 50.00 55.00 60.00 85.00 130 200 320 500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 100.00 150 250 375 - - -
1883 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 80.00 95.00 135 250 525 1300 2400 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 110 150 315 650 1500 - -
1883 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 290 490 1300 2500 11500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 535 1600 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 873
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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 1883 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-31191395111920-84671114709----409
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Total-31191395111920-84671114709----409
 -1 %0 %0 %2 %3 %2 %1 %3 %5 %5 %-2 %11 %17 %28 %17 %2 %---- 
1883 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1946174101221---354
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Total------------1946174101221---354
 ------------0 %3 %13 %49 %29 %6 %0 %--- 
1883 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------34045193---110
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Total--------------34045193---110
 --------------3 %36 %41 %17 %3 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
12/8/2008 NGC MS 65   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 307, 313/Lot# 47 $287.50
1/3/2010 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 2792, 2792/Lot# 1035 $253.00
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 64   Red Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1100 $264.50
11/7/2011 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(4), 1161/Lot# 7168 $575.00
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6581 $331.35
6/29/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 198293 $50.00
10/12/2014 PCGS VF 30   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 165036 $190.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1883 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16202428509811513515118320122023728838159781810361130123113381976
172125356610412214016218920722625431945367189110671164126715510
00000012214016218920722625431945367189110671164126700
00000012814617219521423127135052574496310991197130200
1883 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2024283254106123147163198220237272351450794120919282699280729104141
2125293971112131152175205226249298384565932144921852735284133200
000000131152175205226249298384565932144921852735284100
0000001391581862132312603254176791071168824422771287600
1883 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base242832375911913515517921623728832047776413032087330366087317796010105
25293444791241421631912232542993725739441564249244056844753186750
0000001421631912232542993725739441564249244056844753100
00000014817120423027130942566811231826289855067081774600
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