Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 35,429,286
Catalog: KM-90a
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1865 1C MS obverse 1865 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Despite a heavy coinage of bronze cents in 1864, the immediate demand for more pieces was great in 1865. This resulted in another high mintage figure for the period, and examples of this date are plentiful today in most grades.

Two highly distinctive date styles were used for 1865 cents, and neither is rare. These are called the Plain 5 and Fancy 5, respectively. The Plain 5 has a nearly flat top and the horizontal stroke points slightly outside the ball of the 5. On the Fancy 5 the flag is boldly curved and the horizontal stroke points almost directly at the ball.

The cents of 1865 are rich in die-punching varieties, and the best of these are listed at left. A nice doubled-die reverse is also noted for this date.

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Last Updated: 6/18/2015

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1865 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 9.00 13.00 18.00 25.00 40.00 53.00 60.00 70.00 80.00 120 130 185 240 450 650 - - - -
$ - - 65.00 75.00 90.00 - 145 200 275 - - - -
1865 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 140 165 240 385 800 1950 4250 - - -
$ - - - - - - 180 275 425 1050 - - -
1865 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 225 350 585 1975 10750 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 750 3350 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1098
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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1/8/1996 PCGS MS 64   Red Teletrade Auction 0804, 804/Lot# 107 $218.00
7/26/2003 NGC MS 64   Red Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore, MD. Signature Sale #328, 328/Lot# 5275 $448.50
9/4/2011 NGC MS 65   Red Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 683 $805.00
9/6/2012 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1174/Lot# 3452 $2,585.00
2/3/2013 PCGS MS 64   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 737, 746/Lot# 14 $260.00
9/8/2013 PCGS MS 64   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/08/2013, 91/Lot# 137254 $518.10
7/11/2014 NGC MS 63   Brown Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5162 $164.50
12/6/2015 NGC MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131550/Lot# 25517 $282.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1865 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base24325072102163186212237272304395423450586705106613331410152817332499
27385782122171195220249283334404432495626825115513591449159619880
000000195220249283334404432495626825115513591449159600
000000203229260293365414441541665946124413841489166500
1865 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base28375481115179205230258295330437477539705966150524333545377841745604
314363921361882132392703073664504985947921146181428043623391046510
0000002132392703073664504985947921146181428043623391000
0000002222492833184014645186508791325212431743700404200
1865 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base324563941312052342652923333694875296749081252244853165631595965128475
36517310615621524427430634540850157775210231651340454215740614371660
00000024427430634540850157775210231651340454215740614300
00000025528331935744851562683011372049436055265850632800
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