1863 1C PR64

PCGS#: 2262

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $3.1

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1863 Indian Head Cent has the second lowest Proof mintage of any Copper-Nickel Cent of the 1859-1864 period, yet it survives at a higher rate than dates such as the 1860 and 1861, which both have mintages more than twice that of the 1863.  The result is that the 1863 Proof Cent is priced as a type coin, making it one of the most affordable dates in the series. 

This generalization reverses for the Cameo and Deep Cameo Proofs, which are elusive versions, particularly in high grade.  Deep Cameo Proofs can be considered extremely rare.

The finest examples certified by PCGS included a single PR67, 8 PR66CAMs, and a single PR65DCAM (the only DCAM graded by PCGS as of July 2012).

Diameter: 19.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 460 Weight: 4.70 grams Metal Content: 88% Copper, 12% Nickel

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 420 R-6.1 3 / 5 TIE 3 / 6 TIE
60 or Better 417 R-6.1 3 / 5 TIE 3 / 6 TIE
65 or Better 110 R-7.9 3 / 5 3 / 6

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR67 PCGS grade  
2 PR66 PCGS grade  
2 PR66 PCGS grade  
2 PR66 PCGS grade  
2 PR66 PCGS grade