1859 1C MS63

CERTIFICATION#: 16041588
PCGS#: 2052

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Hall: The 1859 is the first year of issue for the very important Indian Head cent series. Because a shield was added to the reverse in1860, the 1859 is also a one-year-only type coin. I have always felt this issue doesn't get the respect it deserves. Gems are definitely rare. In 1973, I had a customer tell me to buy him every Gem Flying Eagle cent and 1859 Indian cent I could find. In a year, I was able to find 35 Gem Flying Eagles, but only 8 Gem 1859 Indian cents.

Most 1859 Indians are relatively well struck. Luster and color are typical for the 1859-1864 Copper-nickel composition Indian Head cents. There are many examples with subdued luster you could call mediocre. I have seen very few examples with what we would all call "blazing" luster, certainly less than I have seen of some of the other Copper-nickel dates.

Jaime Hernandez: This is a one year Type and also the first regular issue Indian Head and Wreath design. The fact that this was a first year design and it having a large mintage, many examples were saved and examples of this issue in circulated grades are easily obtainable.

Diameter: 19.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 36,400,000 Weight: 4.70 grams Metal Content: 88% Copper, 12% Nickel
1
30
1
2
15
2
6
18
12
10
25
7
12
30
5
45+
160
50+
215
53+
235
55+
270
58+
370
62+
510
63+
850
1
65+
4,700
2

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 6,000 R-3.8 1 / 1 3 / 7 TIE
60 or Better 2,500 R-4.5 1 / 1 5 / 7
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 1 / 1 3 / 7

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade