1869 1C, BN (Regular Strike)

Series: Indian Cents 1859-1909

PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS66BN

View More Images

PCGS MS65+BN

PCGS MS65+BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS #:
2094
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Edge:
Plain
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Weight:
3.11 grams
Mintage:
6,420,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 8,000 R-3.4 54 / 55 TIE 54 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 275 R-6.5 51 / 55 51 / 55
65 or Better 40 R-8.7 50 / 55 50 / 55
Survival Estimate
All Grades 8,000
60 or Better 275
65 or Better 40
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-3.4
60 or Better R-6.5
65 or Better R-8.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 54 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 51 / 55
65 or Better 50 / 55
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 54 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 51 / 55
65 or Better 50 / 55

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade
1 MS66BN PCGS grade
1 MS66BN PCGS grade
1 MS66BN PCGS grade
1 MS66BN PCGS grade
1 MS66BN PCGS grade
7 MS65BN PCGS grade
7 MS65BN PCGS grade
7 MS65BN PCGS grade
7 MS65BN PCGS grade
#1 MS66BN PCGS grade
#1 MS66BN PCGS grade
#1 MS66BN PCGS grade
#1 MS66BN PCGS grade
#1 MS66BN PCGS grade
#1 MS66BN PCGS grade
#7 MS65BN PCGS grade
#7 MS65BN PCGS grade
#7 MS65BN PCGS grade
#7 MS65BN PCGS grade
David Hall:

The 1869 is one of the rarest Indian cents in all grades. The mintages for the 1869 thru 1872 issues were significantly lower than the previous issues and even lower still than the issues that followed (except for the 1876 and 1877). The 1869 is considered one of the key dates of the series and is worth a premium price even in the lowest grades. This issue is rare in mint sate and very rare in Full Red Gem condition. However, in my opinion, when it comes to Full Red Gems, I don't feel there is a lot of difference between the rarity of the cents of this era. Actually, I feel that all pre-1895 Indian cents are indeed very rare and difficult to obtain in Full Red Gem condition.

The 1869 Indian cent is usually well struck. In mint state, "Brown" examples run the gamet of light to dark brown color. "Full Red" examples are usually a more subdued Red color.

Jaime Hernandez:

The 1869 Indian Cent is one of the semi key dates in the Indian Cent circulation strike series. In circulated grades it compares to the 1870, 1871 and 1872 as they all have mintages ranging from about 4 - 6 million each. The survival rate is much lower than the mintage figures as many of them have been spent, destroyed and lost over the years.

The only other three coins that have a lower mintage are the 1877 (the key to the series), the 1908-S and 1909-S. All of these three key date coins have mintages of about 1 million or less.