Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 309,000
Catalog: KM-90a
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: 5/9/2016

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1909 S INDIAN 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 450 500 540 565 710 875 925 975 1025 1075 1150 1250 1450 1700 2575 3200 - - - -
$ 770 - - - - - - 1300 - - - - - -
1909 S INDIAN 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1250 1375 1750 2100 3325 5000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1900 2550 3600 - - -
1909 S INDIAN 1C MS Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1550 2275 3100 6800 14000 110000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2500 3700 8600 18000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3343
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66


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9/14/2008 NGC F 15   Brown Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 705 $488.75
3/18/2010 NGC VG 10   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 463, 469/Lot# 5022 $563.50
5/30/2010 PCGS XF 40   Brown Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1189 $672.00
6/21/2010 PCGS VF 30   Brown Teletrade Auction 2875, 2875/Lot# 1025 $632.50
5/30/2012 NGC AU 53   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 7411 $690.00
4/1/2014 PCGS   Brown Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7377 $182.13
8/31/2014 PCGS F 15   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 202529 $420.00
8/24/2014 PCGS VF 30   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131435/Lot# 21459 $528.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 S INDIAN 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1013105910881152125213931472155816091658169217531799190720682335268530093238344738175158
1028106911091185129914191501157516251669171217681835196121572452279330853308357042640
0000001501157516251669171217681835196121572452279330853308357000
0000001529159216421681173317841871201422462568290131623377369400
1909 S INDIAN 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1059110311381179129014211488160916581707179918651907200923352555313835644016479356757431
1074111511521216133414431528162516741738182118791941211824082749328037154275508762600
0000001528162516741738182118791941211824082749328037154275508700
0000001569164216911768184318931975222624822944342238654534538100
1909 S INDIAN 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11661206127113931450155816091683170717531886195320092197252529604016572911798123781330916553
1179122813121412148615751634169117221797190819722072230626703312458777521199112688143900
000000163416911722179719081972207223062670331245877752119911268800
000000165816991738184219311990213424162815366451589775121851299900
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