Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 14,368,470
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1909 INDIAN 1C MS obverse 1909 INDIAN 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Production of Indian Head Cents was terminated in the spring of 1909, as the Mint anticipated that the Lincoln Cent dies would be ready shortly. This proved to not be the case, but there seems to have been enough cents on hand to wait out the delay.

In any other year such a relatively low mintage would have resulted in a rare issue, but this date was widely hoarded in Mint State as the last of its kind. Fully red gems are more available for 1909 than for any other coin in the series.

Starting with 1909's coinage across all denominations, dates were no longer punched into each working die. Instead, the master die for this year included a complete date that was transferred without any irregularities to all working hubs and working dies. Thus, there were no more repunched or misplaced dates.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/19/2019

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1909 INDIAN 1C MS BN
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Base $ 5.00 10.00 15.00 20.00 30.00 35.00 40.00 45.00 50.00 55.00 60.00 65.00 70.00 110 200 400 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 75.00 125 285 - - -
1909 INDIAN 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 65.00 70.00 85.00 165 225 500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 95.00 180 265 625 - -
1909 INDIAN 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 120 160 215 550 1300 9000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 130 180 290 800 2000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2540
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1909 INDIAN 1C MS BN
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Base-1020173492813133140-1782163172664-1--720
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Total-1020173492813133140-1782163172664-1--720
 -1 %3 %2 %5 %1 %4 %2 %2 %4 %6 %-2 %11 %23 %24 %9 %1 %-0 %-- 
1909 INDIAN 1C MS RB
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Base-----1------22624054425026----1089
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Total-----1------22624054525026----1090
 -----0 %------0 %2 %22 %50 %23 %2 %---- 
1909 INDIAN 1C MS RD
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Base-------------754353274394---731
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----------------31----4
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Total-------------754353277404---735
 -------------1 %7 %48 %38 %5 %1 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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4/28/2002 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2002 April Columbus,OH (CSNS) Bullet Sale #289, 289/Lot# 84 $102.35
11/19/2007 NGC MS 63   Brown Teletrade Auction 2451, 2451/Lot# 1018 $47.00
3/13/2008 NGC MS 63   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 229, 235/Lot# 5053 $64.40
9/19/2010 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg $368.00
11/4/2012 NGC MS 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131246/Lot# 28615 $62.00
10/2/2016 NGC MS 63   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131641/Lot# 23922 $109.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 INDIAN 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3741505972941021231351471591711832012553665869661056115113161946
3844536379971091271391511631751892192924397139961088120615260
0000001091271391511631751892192924397139961088120600
00000011613114315516717919523732951383910261119126100
1909 INDIAN 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base414554638110211513113515517119020125532046369512061276138615762292
424857698810612013214216017719421927736854086512291313144918150
00000012013214216017719421927736854086512291313144900
000000126134148166184197237298415618103612531349151300
1909 INDIAN 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base455463728998115123143163201237272320477684123922336089644470309103
4857667892104118130150176213249288372546869157035186207663977210
000000118130150176213249288372546869157035186207663900
0000001201361561882252603044256151054190248046326683500
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