1859 1C MS65 Certification #29760399, PCGS #2052

Owner's Comments

CAC

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
36400000
Weight
4.70 grams
Metal Content
88% Copper, 12% Nickel
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
52
Pop Lower
3450
Price Guide
PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 6000 R-3.8 1 / 1 3 / 7 TIE
All Grades 2500 R-4.5 1 / 1 5 / 7
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 1 / 1 3 / 7

Condition Census

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

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

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