Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 47,070,000
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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1891 1C MS obverse 1891 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is an unremarkable entry in the long Indian Head series. Circulated pieces are common, and Mint State examples are likewise plentiful in all grades shy of fully red gem. The coin illustrated was struck from worn dies displaying heavy erosion just inside its borders. Collectors should seek specimens struck from fresh dies having sharp details and smooth fields.

Several minor die-punching varieties are known for this date, but the big winner is the doubled-die obverse, FS-101 (Snow-1). See the VarietyPlus webpage at this site for more information.

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1891 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1.35 2.50 3.50 7.25 13.00 26.00 28.00 32.00 38.00 55.00 60.00 85.00 155 270 550 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 95.00 175 300 - - -
1891 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 60.00 70.00 135 280 485 1050 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 150 325 - - - -
1891 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 140 280 585 1700 11850 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 750 2500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 853
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66


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11/2/1998 NGC MS 65   Brown Teletrade Auction 1101, 1101/Lot# 1051 $152.60
5/21/2007 NGC MS 66   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 143, 148/Lot# 35 $793.50
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 242 $322.00
6/26/2008 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2008 June West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature Coin Auction #1110, 1110/Lot# 164 $805.00
11/11/2012 PCGS XF 40   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/11/2012, 48/Lot# 81564 $24.00
9/25/2013 PCGS MS 64   Red Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 7199 $470.00
7/4/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3489, 6040/Lot# 21024 $170.38
7/5/2015 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131528/Lot# 23372 $165.68


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1891 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1616161624507610611513115519022023732051576412061312142416182347
1616161933598610912013916720022626538559891112411349148918610
0000008610912013916720022626538559891112411349148900
00000096112126147178210231292450681105912771387155300
1891 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20202020285485115127143171209237272463783111717531893204022923226
20202023376495119132152184218249336570894132918001942212426030
00000095119132152184218249336570894132918001942212400
0000001051231381621962282603996761006154118461991220800
1891 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base242424243259941271391591431862584777831252226855345858619667668783
2424242741711051311461591572103315799391591335756425971638674380
0000001051311461591572103315799391591335756425971638600
00000011613515215917223440468110961929444557506083657600
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