1859 1C (Regular Strike)

Series: Indian Cents 1859-1909

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
2052
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Weight:
4.70 grams
Mintage:
36,400,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
88% Copper, 12% Nickel
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade  PCGS #2052 (MS)     66+

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade PCGS #2052 (MS)     66
5 MS66 PCGS grade PCGS #2052 (MS)     66
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
 PCGS #2052 (MS)     66+ #1 MS66+ PCGS grade

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#1 MS66+ PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade
PCGS #2052 (MS)     66 #5 MS66 PCGS grade
PCGS #2052 (MS)     66 #5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
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.