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SERIES: Indian Cents 1859-1909
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1859 1C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
2052
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
4.70 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
36,400,000
Metal Content:
88% Copper, 12% Nickel
Auction Record:
$195,500 • PCGS MS62 • 7-1-2008 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 6,000 R-3.8 1 / 1 3 / 7 TIE
60 or Better 2,500 R-4.5 1 / 1 5 / 7
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 1 / 1 3 / 7
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1 MS66+ PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS66 PCGS grade
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2 MS66 PCGS grade  
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1 MS66+ PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS66 PCGS grade
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David Hall: The 1859 is the first year of issue for the very important Indian Head cent series. Because a shield was added to the reverse in1860, the 1859 is also a one-year-only type coin. I have always felt this issue doesn't get the respect it deserves. Gems are definitely rare. In 1973, I had a customer tell me to buy him every Gem Flying Eagle cent and 1859 Indian cent I could find. In a year, I was able to find 35 Gem Flying Eagles, but only 8 Gem 1859 Indian cents.

Most 1859 Indians are relatively well struck. Luster and color are typical for the 1859-1864 Copper-nickel composition Indian Head cents. There are many examples with subdued luster you could call mediocre. I have seen very few examples with what we would all call "blazing" luster, certainly less than I have seen of some of the other Copper-nickel dates.


Jaime Hernandez: This is a one year Type and also the first regular issue Indian Head and Wreath design. The fact that this was a first year design and it having a large mintage, many examples were saved and examples of this issue in circulated grades are easily obtainable.