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

1865 1C Fancy 5, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65BN

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PCGS MS65BN
PCGS #:
2082
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
3.11 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
35,429,286
Metal Content:
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Auction Record:
$2,820 • PCGS MS66BN • 12-14-2017 • Legend Rare Coin Auctions
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7
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12
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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Numismatic
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Relative Rarity
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Relative Rarity
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All Grades 5,000 R-4.0 31 / 55 TIE 31 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 160 R-7.4 25 / 55 TIE 25 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 10 / 55 TIE 10 / 55 TIE
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8 MS64BN PCGS grade
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David Hall: There are two varieties of 1865 Indian cents, the "Fancy 5" and the "Plain 5". On the Fancy 5, the top of the 5 looks "curvey" while on the Plain 5 the top of the 5 is straighter looking. Initially, it was thought that the Fancy 5 was rarer, but over the years the Plain 5 appears to be scarcer, perhaps by a factor of 2 to 1.

 The 1865 Fancy 5 Indian cent is a scarce coin in circulated grades and a very scarce coin in mint state. It is rarer than the 1864 (no L) and is perhaps a little less rare than the 1866, 1867, and 1868. Most of the mint state examples are Red & Brown, with about 20% to 25% of the total mint state survivors being Full Red. Gem Full Red specimens are available from time to time.