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

1877 1C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN
PCGS #:
2127
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
3.11 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
852,500
Metal Content:
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Auction Record:
$71,300 • GEM BU • 1-12-1999 • Stack's
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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 31 / 55 TIE 31 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 160 R-7.4 25 / 55 TIE 25 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 15 R-9.3 24 / 55 TIE 24 / 55 TIE
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Jaime Hernandez: The 1877 Indian Cent is unquestionably the most desirable coin in the entire circulation strike Indian Cent series. It is the second lowest mintage coin in the  series, and only the 1909-S Indian cent has a lower mintage.

Despite the 1877 Indian cent having the second lowest mintage in the series, it also survives in much smaller numbers than the 1909-S Indian cent. This is mainly due to the lack of coins being collected in 1877 compared to 1909.   

There is only one reverse die confirmed as striking all existing 1877 Indian cents. However, if there was only one reverse die employed to strike all (877,000)1877 Inidan cents, then this lone die should have sustained major plachet flaws when striking such a large mintage.Surprisingly, this is not the case since 1877 cents show no traces of a damaged die. Therefore, it is strongly believed that the mintage of 877,000 coins struck, is actually a highly inflated figure.