Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 10,100,000
Catalog: KM-90
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 4.6700g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1861 1C MS obverse 1861 1C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The mintage of cents fell to just over 10 million pieces in 1861, making this date the scarcest issue of the short-lived copper-nickel Indian Cent series. The huge number of small cents coined 1857-59 was sufficient to fill the market demand, and this accounts for the relatively low production in 1861.

The 1861 cent is not a truly rare coin, even in Mint State, due to an unusual situation that developed the following year. With the onset of the Civil War gold and silver coins were hoarded, and this practice ultimately spread to the humble cent. Many 1861 cents thus never had the chance to become worn.

This date is not notable for many varieties, due to the smaller number of dies used, but the repunched date listed at left is a popular one.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/26/2015

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1861 1C MS
Base $ 18.50 30.00 42.00 65.00 95.00 150 165 175 190 240 325 425 650 1500 3650 15000 55000 - -
$ 105 - 170 188 200 265 350 475 785 1950 5300 21000 -

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Total Graded: 1177
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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6/2/2003 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1733, 1733/Lot# 1004 $308.00
6/27/2006 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #26071, 26071/Lot# 11009 $72.45
6/25/2007 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 153, 158/Lot# 152 $862.50
5/20/2013 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 3431, 3431/Lot# 1040 $825.00
1/26/2014 NGC MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/26/2014, 165/Lot# 143300 $209.19
1/26/2014 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 922 $616.88
2/3/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1202/Lot# 3048 $1,645.00
10/17/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3504, 6058/Lot# 21011 $164.50

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