1859 1C MS63 Certification #21271312, PCGS #2052

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.

PCGS #
2052
Designer
James Barton Longacre
Edge
Plain
Diameter
19.00 millimeters
Weight
4.70 grams
Mintage
36400000
Metal
88% Copper, 12% Nickel
Pop Higher
1028
Pop Lower
2045
Region
The United States of America
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census Learn More

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

Castle Collection - Heritage 8/2019:3049, $5,760 - Heritage 12/2019:3005, $19,200

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

High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

MS66+ PCGS grade #1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Castle Collection - Heritage 8/2019:3049, $5,760 - Heritage 12/2019:3005, $19,200

MS66+ PCGS grade #1 MS66+ PCGS grade
MS66+ PCGS grade #1 MS66+ PCGS grade
MS66+ PCGS grade #1 MS66+ PCGS grade