Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 85,092,703
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1903 1C MS obverse 1903 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This high mintage date is common in all grades, though fully red gems still constitute a minority of survivors. On the plus side, this date seems to have been better made than the issues immediately preceding, with sharp strikes being more common.

There is a rich array of date-punching varieties of interest to the series specialist.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1903 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 2.00 3.00 4.00 5.00 15.00 20.00 25.00 30.00 35.00 40.00 45.00 55.00 65.00 100.00 165 390 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 75.00 120 195 - - -
1903 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 50.00 60.00 75.00 115 210 500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 90.00 155 275 - - -
1903 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 90.00 120 235 525 1150 9000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 100.00 150 300 700 2300 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1768
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: 9/17/2019 1903 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-614318714911313911261152191584----631
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--------------11------2
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Total-614318714911313911261153192584----633
 -1 %2 %0 %3 %1 %2 %1 %2 %5 %6 %0 %2 %10 %24 %30 %9 %1 %---- 
1903 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------12418938416911----778
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--------------121-----4
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Total------------12419038617011----782
 ------------0 %3 %24 %49 %22 %1 %---- 
1903 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------28161127537---358
------------------1---1
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Total-------------28161127538---359
 -------------1 %2 %45 %35 %15 %2 %--- 
1903 1C MS Red, Proof Like
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1------1
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Total---------------1------1
 ---------------100 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/20/2006 NGC MS 63   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 79, 84/Lot# 38 $57.50
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 64   Red Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1145 $149.50
5/20/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 3279, 3279/Lot# 1126 $90.00
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6617 $189.18
6/9/2013 PCGS XF 45   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 120156 $11.00
10/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/27/2013, 98/Lot# 147526 $90.20
4/1/2014 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7367 $199.75
10/27/2014 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98080 $1,997.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1903 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1616161616457289102115123147155183220336563891975106612221820
16161616265478931061181311501641952594126729191005111814210
00000078931061181311501641952594126729191005111800
00000083981111201391521742082974877829471036117000
1903 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base202020202059819811512713516318320928846370511381239134615332236
2020202033668710411913014417019223534654484911721275140817670
0000008710411913014417019223534654484911721275140800
0000009210912313215417620026240562499412051310147100
1903 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base24242424246389106127139147179241288463754133324645264557761057960
24242424377295113131142158200257346560947171033975368575367230
00000095113131142158200257346560947171033975368575300
0000001001201351441682202724056571140208743315473592900
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