Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 50,464,392
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1897 1C MS obverse 1897 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

As the American economy rebounded from the Panic of 1893, the mintage of cents rose to its highest figure since 1890. As a consequence, examples in all grades short of fully red gem are plentiful. This is a challenging issue in such ideal condition, being one of the scarcer dates of the decade.

The usual assortment of die-punching varieties are noted for this date, and interested persons are referred to the excellent, multi-volume series of books by Rick Snow devoted to listing and illustrating these varieties. This example illustrated is variety FS-402, Snow-8.

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Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1897 1C MS BN
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Base $ 2.00 3.00 4.00 5.00 15.00 25.00 30.00 35.00 35.00 40.00 55.00 70.00 70.00 100.00 200 400 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 90.00 115 - - - -
1897 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 70.00 95.00 145 400 750 1350 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 105 175 - - - -
1897 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 110 210 300 1000 4500 20000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 400 1750 7250 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1043
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
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: 11/24/2020 1897 1C MS BN
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Base-291012214971630-105093115533----435
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Total-291012214971631-105093115533----436
 -0%2%2%3%0%3%2%2%4%7%-2%11%21%26%12%1%---- 
1897 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------141302259810----477
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---------------11-----2
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Total-------------141302269910----479
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1897 1C MS RD
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Base--------------16762991---131
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---------------1-1----2
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Total--------------167729101---133
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 1C MS BN
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Base161616162859811021061151311551832202723956639901081117913481988
1616162038668810310912013916419523731348477210201114123515612087
0000008810310912013916419523731348477210201114123500
0000009510511212614717420825535457488110511146129200
1897 1C MS RB
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Base2020202032678911511912714317122025533660994113331447146117762555
20202024447498116122132152187232282427720107213711452156620362683
00000098116122132152187232282427720107213711452156600
000000106118124138162204243309518830120214091456167100
1897 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base242424244176981271311391591862412884779901969358381068535925511779
242424305383108128134146168204257351648131625075091824987751009612368
0000001081281341461682042573516481316250750918249877500
0000001171301361521772232724148191643304565988392901500
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