Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 16,749,500
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1894 1C MS obverse 1894 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The economic depression that swept over America in the latter part of 1893 and lasted for several years accounts for the low mintage of cents in 1894. The supply of Mint State pieces is about normal for cents of the 1890s, because the circumstances that led to their retention remained similar, but worn pieces are somewhat more scarce than usual. It matters not, as both circulated and Mint State coins carry a premium due to their perceived scarcity.

This year produced what is among the most highly desired of small cent varieties. The entire date is distinctly repunched on the coin illustrated (FS-301, S-1). This variety is popular not only with Indian Head Cent collectors but with variety specialists as a whole.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1894 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 5.00 10.00 20.00 25.00 55.00 60.00 65.00 70.00 80.00 85.00 95.00 110 120 130 385 800 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 130 190 450 - - -
1894 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 115 155 300 700 1400 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 400 900 - - -
1894 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 195 250 490 1500 2450 13000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 1650 6500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1037
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
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: 11/12/2019 1894 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1229439153211152144196487118394----535
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Total1229439153211152144196487118394----535
 0 %4 %2 %1 %7 %3 %6 %2 %3 %4 %8 %0 %2 %12 %16 %22 %7 %1 %---- 
1894 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------7104207704----392
---------------1------1
--------------1-------1
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Total-------------7105208704----394
 -------------2 %27 %53 %18 %1 %---- 
1894 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------245238131---110
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----------------11----2
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Total-------------245239141---112
 -------------2 %4 %46 %35 %13 %1 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 65   Red Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 49 $1,725.00
10/23/2008 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2008 October Dallas, TX Signature US Coin Auction #1117, 1117/Lot# 136 $1,380.00
12/22/2008 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 312, 318/Lot# 116 $161.00
9/13/2011 NGC MS 65   Red Stack's Bowers The September 2011 Philadelphia Americana Sale, 113/Lot# 2375 $747.50
10/30/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Teletrade Auction 3163, 3163/Lot# 1043 $100.00
2/7/2013 PCGS VG 10   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1182/Lot# 7165 $84.00
3/9/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 175822 $51.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1894 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1616204176194209237244255272298320351423551102113631478160218132604
16172753115199218239248261281305330375466708113514011519167220770
000000218239248261281305330375466708113514011519167200
000000228242251266289313341399508864124914401561174300
1894 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2020285085212227258265278295323366409586865155822682436261329164023
202335621272172372602692843043373804686791096179523242495271432850
0000002372602692843043373804686791096179523242495271400
0000002482632742893143523955277721327203123802554281500
1894 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base24243254942302482822883013203513954427051258226832815656598665418510
242739671392362592842923073303664115308891595260640735766617171970
0000002592842923073303664115308891595260640735766617100
00000027128629731434138042661710741931294348645876635600
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