Expert Comments

David Hall

This is the first year of issue for the 1860-1864 copper-nickel type. The 1860 is slightly rarer in mint state than the 1862 and 1863. In Gem MS65 condition, the 1860 to 1863 issues are all about equal rarity. But interestingly, the once thought of as "most common" 1863 is rarest of the four in superb MS66 or better.

The typical 1860 is well struck. Luster is considerably better than you usually see on the 1859.

Diameter
19.00 millimeters
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Plain
Mintage
20566000
Weight
4.70 grams
Metal Content
88% Copper, 12% Nickel
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
281
Pop Lower
1233
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 6000 R-3.8 3 / 6 TIE 3 / 7 TIE
All Grades 1750 R-4.7 3 / 6 3 / 7
60 or Better 300 R-6.4 4 / 6 5 / 7

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2006:5054, $21,850 - Castle Collection - Heritage 8/2019:3668, $52,800

2 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade