Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 309,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1909 S INDIAN 1C MS obverse 1909 S INDIAN 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint cents of 1909 had the lowest production of any currency issue in the Indian Head series. Production ceased early in the year and was not resumed before the new Lincoln Cent dies were ready in early summer.

Collectors and speculators, aware of this issue's low mintage and last-year status, hoarded examples almost from the outset. As a result, Mint State and moderately worn coins are not nearly as rare as one would expect from such a diminutive output. The only rarities for the 1909-S Indian Head Cent are heavily worn pieces, as so few escaped detection long enough to wear down. Also somewhat scarce, though not truly rare, are fully red gems. In this case "red" is a relative term, as uncleaned Mint State pieces actually have a golden or brassy color, often with woodgrain toning streaks.

There are no varieties known for this issue, since it required so few dies. The typical piece is weakly struck at the feather tips, and this defect is one of several tests for authenticity of this often counterfeited or altered date.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1909 S INDIAN 1C MS BN
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Base $ 330 370 425 500 625 775 840 950 975 1000 1100 1200 1400 1700 2300 - - - - -
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1909 S INDIAN 1C MS RB
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$ - - - - - - - - 1800 2600 3600 - - -
1909 S INDIAN 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1300 1550 2500 2850 6000 11500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2650 3600 7000 22000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4014
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 4/13/2021 1909 S INDIAN 1C MS BN
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Base-3427546912342833337284118118-3795906921-----3332
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Total-3427546912342833337284118118-3795916921-----3333
 -1%8%14%37%8%10%2%3%4%4%-1%3%3%2%1%----- 
1909 S INDIAN 1C MS RB
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Base---1------2-22610923910911----499
---------------1------1
---------------11-----2
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Total---1------2-22610924111011----502
 ---0%------0%-0%5%22%48%22%2%---- 
1909 S INDIAN 1C MS RD
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Base------------1216102539----183
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---------------211----4
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Total------------12161045410----187
 ------------1%1%9%56%29%5%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 S INDIAN 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1013106611381193125214041483158316341683173017761843192820872335279431033281344738175158
1031109011561213130314301516160016501699174517981871198121702488289731623336357042645416
0000001516160016501699174517981871198121702488289731623336357000
0000001550161716671714176118211900203422522641300032223392369400
1909 S INDIAN 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1059110311381179129014211488160916581707179918651928202923352555316038174048479356757431
1074111511521216133414431528162516741738182118861962213124082757337938944296508762607803
0000001528162516741738182118861962213124082757337938944296508700
0000001569164216911768184319071995223324822958359839714545538100
1909 S INDIAN 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11661206127113931450155816091683170717531886195320092197262830574375592212571127571330916553
11791228131214121486157516341691172217971908197220722341277134964891813812633129411439017381
000000163416911722179719081972207223412771349648918138126331294100
0000001658169917381842193119902134248429143936540610355126951312500
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