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

1861 1C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
2061
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
4.70 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
10,100,000
Metal Content:
88% Copper, 12% Nickel
Auction Record:
$63,250 • PCGS MS68 • 4-1-2009 • 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 5,000 R-4.0 2 / 6 2 / 7
60 or Better 1,500 R-4.8 2 / 6 2 / 7
65 or Better 350 R-6.3 5 / 6 6 / 7
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade  

Heritage 10/2014:4612, $14,100

2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade  

Heritage 10/2014:4612, $14,100

2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  

David Hall: The 1861 is the lowest mintage of the 1860-64 copper-nickel Indian cents. It is the rarest copper-nickel Indian cent in circulated grades and is marginally rarer than the others in mint state condition. But in Gem MS65 or better condition is it about as rare as the 1862, not quite as rare as the 1860 or 1863, and not nearly as rare as the 1864 (the rarest of the copper-nickel Indian cents in Gem condition). The 1861 owes its status as a rarer coin to its low mintage as in the 1950s and 1960s mintage was everything.

The 1861 is generally well struck. Gems often have exceptionally attractive frosty luster.