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

1870 1C, RD (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+RD

PCGS MS66RD

PCGS MS65+RD
PCGS #:
2099
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
3.11 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
5,275,000
Metal Content:
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Auction Record:
$25,300 • PCGS MS66 • 1-5-2006 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 225 R-6.7 20 / 55 TIE 20 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 225 R-6.7 20 / 55 TIE 20 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 9 / 55 TIE 9 / 55 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66RD PCGS grade

Stack’s/Bowers 6/2013:1061, $23,500

1 MS66RD PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 2/2015:1167, not sold

1 MS66RD PCGS grade  

Usibelli Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5135, $9,106.25

1 MS66RD PCGS grade  
1 MS66RD PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66RD PCGS grade

Stack’s/Bowers 6/2013:1061, $23,500

1 MS66RD PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 2/2015:1167, not sold

1 MS66RD PCGS grade  

Usibelli Collection - Heritage 1/2014:5135, $9,106.25

1 MS66RD PCGS grade  
1 MS66RD PCGS grade  
1 MS66RD PCGS grade  
1 MS66RD PCGS grade  
8 MS65+RD PCGS grade
9 MS65RD PCGS grade
9 MS65RD PCGS grade

Ron Guth: The Indian Cents from the first half of the 1870's are the easiest to find from that decade, but they are not as common as dates in the 1880's and 1890's.  In terms of availability, the 1870 is roughly equal to the 1871-1875 dates.  Mint State examples are available by the hundreds, mostly in the Red-Brown grades.  According to the PCGS Population Report (as of July 2011), the finest MS Brown examples are two MS-65s.  In Red-Brown, the finest examples are 4 MS-66s.  In Red, the finest 1870 Indian Head Cents are 4 MS66s.