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

1865 1C Plain 5, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65BN

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PCGS MS64BN
PCGS #:
92082
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:
$1,150 • PCGS MS63 • 5-28-2006 • Superior Galleries
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
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Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 4,000 R-4.2 13 / 55 TIE 13 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 4 / 55 TIE 4 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 8 R-9.6 8 / 55 TIE 8 / 55 TIE
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David Hall: There are two varieties of the 1865 Indian cent, 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 as the years went by, it was found that the Plain 5 is actually the rarer of the two varieties, perhaps by a factor of 2 to 1.

The 1865 Plain 5 Indian cent is rare in circulated grades, and quite rare in mint state. Full Red Gems are very rare.