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

1881 1C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS65+BN
PCGS #:
2139
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
3.11 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
39,208,000
Metal Content:
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Auction Record:
$470 • PCGS MS65 • 6-5-2013 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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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 140 R-7.6 17 / 55 17 / 55
65 or Better 20 R-9.1 31 / 55 TIE 31 / 55 TIE
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Jaime Hernandez: The 1881 Indian Cent is considered a common date in the series. Over 39 million examples were struck and many were saved. Obtaining an example in most grades is not that difficult. Only in MS65 condition or higher do they become somewhat scarce, yet there are still hundreds of examples in this condition. In MS66 condition they are scarce and possibly about 75 - 100 examples exist. In MS67 they are very scarce with about a dozen or less known.