Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 39,208,000
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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1881 1C MS obverse 1881 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This issue is quite common in worn condition and seemingly available in most Mint State grades, as well. As with any old copper coins, however, fully red survivors are rare.

There are no popular varieties for this date, yet the date impression is itself a variety of sort. The engraver attempted to simulate a curving date by punching numerals 81 at a slight tilt to the first 18. The resulting coins are thus transitional between the straight date of previous years and the curving dates of subsequent years.

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Last Updated: 6/18/2015

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1881 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 2.75 4.25 7.00 10.00 23.00 30.00 35.00 40.00 48.00 60.00 68.00 95.00 175 300 450 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 75.00 105 200 375 - - -
1881 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 70.00 95.00 135 275 475 975 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 105 160 310 575 1675 - -
1881 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 140 285 550 1100 2850 23000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 650 1600 3400 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 761
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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4/20/2004 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24044, 24044/Lot# 11047 $236.90
9/9/2004 PCGS MS 66   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2004 September Long Beach Signature Sale #355, 355/Lot# 5244 $1,121.25
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 65   Red Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 875 $747.50
10/30/2008 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 296, 302/Lot# 5051 $207.00
6/14/2011 NGC MS 65   Red Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 390 $632.50
12/23/2012 PCGS MS 62   Brown Teletrade Auction 3403, 3403/Lot# 1066 $65.00
12/23/2012 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131301/Lot# 26528 $176.25
5/26/2013 PCGS AU 55   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/26/2013, 76/Lot# 115462 $43.20


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16202428379410612314316319422023726535156382010661163126514432115
17212531569811213015017320322624629442264990210981197132416670
00000011213015017320322624629442264990210981197132400
00000011713615618421123125632249273498411311231138400
1881 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2024283241102115135155179209241272351463774110316831901214124033369
2125293561106122142163189220251298388567884129617561981222827250
000000122142163189220251298388567884129617561981222800
000000128148171199230262325426670993149018282061231600
1881 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base283237505411512714716719422726529547779312061799293671987592825210578
29344151741191341541762052402753565829311404217843577329781290270
0000001341541762052402753565829311404217843577329781200
00000014016018521625228541668810681601255757777461803200
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