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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2.00 3.00 4.00 5.00 15.00 25.00 30.00 35.00 45.00 50.00 55.00 70.00 80.00 93.00 200 400 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 90.00 115 - - - -
1897 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 70.00 95.00 145 400 750 1350 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 105 175 - - - -
1897 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 110 210 300 1000 4500 20000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 400 1750 7250 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1014
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: 11/19/2019 1897 1C MS BN
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Base-281012214961530-94689113513----419
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Total-281012214961531-94689113513----420
 -0 %2 %2 %3 %0 %3 %2 %1 %4 %7 %-2 %11 %21 %27 %12 %1 %---- 
1897 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------141232189891---463
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---------------11-----2
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Total-------------141232199991---465
 -------------3 %26 %47 %21 %2 %0 %--- 
1897 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------15782991---132
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---------------1------1
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Total--------------15792991---133
 --------------11 %59 %22 %7 %1 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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2/11/2007 PCGS MS 65   Red Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 993 $1,150.00
5/16/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Teletrade Auction 3278, 3278/Lot# 1028 $340.00
5/30/2012 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 7367 $161.00
2/17/2013 PCGS MS 65   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 739, 748/Lot# 18 $975.00
5/12/2013 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/12/2013, 74/Lot# 114349 $183.44
10/5/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131441/Lot# 23042 $141.00
10/29/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 3359 $2,115.00
9/6/2015 NGC MS 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131537/Lot# 25510 $69.00
8/22/2018 PCGS MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131835/Lot# 27084 $69.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base161616162859811021061151311551832202723956639901081117913481988
1616162038668810310912013916419523731348477210201114123515610
0000008810310912013916419523731348477210201114123500
0000009510511212614717420825535457488110511146129200
1897 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2020202032678911511912714317122025533660994113331447146117762555
20202024447498116122132152187232282427720107213711452156620360
00000098116122132152187232282427720107213711452156600
000000106118124138162204243309518830120214091456167100
1897 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base242424244176981271311391591862412884779901969358381068535925511779
24242430538310812813414616820425735164813162507509182498775100960
0000001081281341461682042573516481316250750918249877500
0000001171301361521772232724148191643304565988392901500
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