Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 47,070,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1891 1C MS obverse 1891 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is an unremarkable entry in the long Indian Head series. Circulated pieces are common, and Mint State examples are likewise plentiful in all grades shy of fully red gem. Many coins struck from worn dies displaying heavy erosion just inside their borders. Collectors should seek specimens struck from fresh dies having sharp details and smooth fields.

Several minor die-punching varieties are known for this date, but the big winner is the doubled-die obverse, FS-101 (Snow-1). See the VarietyPlus webpage at this site for more information.

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Last Updated: 8/15/2019

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1891 1C MS BN
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Base $ 2.00 3.00 4.00 8.00 15.00 25.00 30.00 35.00 45.00 55.00 65.00 70.00 85.00 135 260 600 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 100.00 155 330 - - -
1891 1C MS RB
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$ - - - - - - - - 170 325 - - - -
1891 1C MS RD
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1010
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/2/2021 1891 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-54-9312661036-852104131354----425
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Total-54-9312661036-852104131354----425
 -1%1%-2%1%3%1%1%2%8%-2%12%24%31%8%1%---- 
1891 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------120136219736----455
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Total------------120136219746----456
 ------------0%4%30%48%16%1%---- 
1891 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------21374383----130
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Total-------------21374413----133
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1891 1C MS BN
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Base1616161624507610611513115519022023732051576412061312142416182347
1616161933598610912013916720022626538559891112411349148918612464
0000008610912013916720022626538559891112411349148900
00000096112126147178210231292450681105912771387155300
1891 1C MS RB
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Base20202020285485115127143171209237272463783111717531893204022923226
20202023376495119132152184218249336570894132918001942212426033387
00000095119132152184218249336570894132918001942212400
0000001051231381621962282603996761006154118461991220800
1891 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base242424243259941271391591431862584777831252226855345858619667668783
2424242741711051311461591572103315799391591335756425971638674389222
0000001051311461591572103315799391591335756425971638600
00000011613515215917223440468110961929444557506083657600
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