Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 50,464,392
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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1897 1C MS obverse 1897 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As the American economy rebounded from the Panic of 1893, the mintage of cents rose to its highest figure since 1890. As a consequence, examples in all grades short of fully red gem are plentiful. This is a challenging issue in such ideal condition, being one of the scarcer dates of the decade.

The usual assortment of die-punching varieties are noted for this date, and interested persons are referred to the excellent, multi-volume series of books by Rick Snow devoted to listing and illustrating these varieties. This example illustrated is variety FS-402, Snow-8.

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Last Updated: 6/18/2015

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1897 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1.35 2.50 3.50 7.75 14.50 25.00 26.00 28.00 32.00 45.00 55.00 70.00 110 220 400 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 80.00 120 - - - -
1897 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 55.00 65.00 90.00 195 370 650 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 105 210 - - - -
1897 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 75.00 140 400 1300 4350 31500 - - -
$ - - - - - - 85.00 160 600 1825 8250 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 889
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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7/1/1996 NGC MS 62   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 0854, 854/Lot# 1057 $35.97
9/15/2003 NGC MS 65   Red Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 90 $633.00
11/17/2003 PCGS MS 64   Red Heritage Auctions 2003 November Bullet Sale #335, 335/Lot# 124 $235.75
4/27/2011 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1154/Lot# 9484 $207.00
6/14/2011 NGC MS 65   Brown Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 419 $2,012.50
5/5/2013 PCGS AU 55   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 750, 759/Lot# 20 $35.00
12/22/2013 PCGS XF 45   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 128905 $260.00
8/9/2015 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131533/Lot# 25740 $105.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1897 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base161616162859811021061151311551832202723956639901081117913481988
1616162038668810310912013916419523731348477210201114123515610
0000008810310912013916419523731348477210201114123500
0000009510511212614717420825535457488110511146129200
1897 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2020202032678911511912714317122025533660994113331447146117762555
20202024447498116122132152187232282427720107213711452156620360
00000098116122132152187232282427720107213711452156600
000000106118124138162204243309518830120214091456167100
1897 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base242424244176981271311391591862412884779901969358381068535925511779
24242430538310812813414616820425735164813162507509182498775100960
0000001081281341461682042573516481316250750918249877500
0000001171301361521772232724148191643304565988392901500
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