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Obverse of 1867 Indian Head Cent - Copper     Reverse of 1867 Indian Head Cent - Copper


1867 INDIAN HEAD CENT

PCGS Nos: 2088, 2089, 2090, 92088, 92089, 92090, 2288, 2289, 2290

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 9,821,000
Proofs: est. 625

Designer: James B. Longacre

Diameter: 19 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 95%
Tin and Zinc - 5%

Weight: 3.11 grams

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) below the bow of the wreath on the reverse

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65BN's.

The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 26 MS-65RB's.

The finest Uncirculated Red example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66RD.

The finest Uncirculated strike "1867/67" Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-63BN.

The finest Uncirculated "1867/67" Red-Brown example is a single MS-65RB.

The finest Uncirculated "1867/67" Red example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64RD.  

The finest Proof Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-65BN's.

The finest Proof Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 4 PR-66RB's.

The finest Proof Red example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66RD.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-66.

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Varieties:
Repunched Date 1867/1867
Repunched Date 1867/176

Recent appearances:
Proof-66 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1161, sold for $632.50

PCGS graded Proof 65 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1100, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…A beautiful deep mirror cameo gem. This is an exceptional example for this date. Except for a few light flyspecks the coin is virtually as struck. The dies used for proofs this year show many anomalies, which sometimes get mistaken for problems on the coin. On the obverse there is always a die line on the neck, which to the uninitiated eye may look like a scratch. The reverse die is a leftover die used in 1865 and 1866. By its usage in 1867 it has acquired numerous die polishing marks which may look like hairlines. None of these are grade limiting and are on all examples seen to date.", sold for $5,290.00

NGC Proof-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7617, not illustrated, sold for $529.00

NGC MS-66 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1162, sold for $1,063.75

PCGS graded MS-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1101, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Snow-1, FND-001, Breen-1974, FS-008…This is one of the top repunched dates in the series, one of the few that are collected as part of the regular date set. The 6 & 7 are repunched boldly above the date. This example is one of the top examples known. The surfaces are virtually perfect. The strike is full and the eye appeal is wonderful. Only 2 examples are known in full red (MS-64RD) and only 5 examples are reported in MS65RB. One MS66RB is known. The Cherry Picker's guide prices this variety at $2,500 in this grade.

Curiously, this variety is always seen with a late die state obverse, with numerous clash marks and roughness in the fields. It is probably that the repunching on the date was done after the die was used for an extended period. The problem with this scenario is that the die would be too hard to accept the new repunching. However, the die could have been softened, accounting for the buckling and surface roughness. Later die states of this variety actually show a smoother field due to additional repunching. A very interesting variety.", sold for $2,070.00

NGC MS-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 195, not illustrated, sold for $719.00

ANACS MS-65 Red-Brown.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 192, "Repunched 18, Snow-5b, FND-002, Rarity-7", illustrated, sold for $1092.50

PCGS MS-64 Red.  Ex - Superior Galleries "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 29, unsold

PCGS MS-64 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7540, illustrated, sold for $1,092.50 

PCGS MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5903, not plated, sold for $379.50

PCGS MS-64, Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1225, illustrated, sold for $2,530.00  From the Howard R. Newcomb collection of Indian Cents, purchased June 30, 1944 from J.G. Macallister

MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Superior Galleries "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 30, unsold

PCGS MS-64, Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1226, not illustrated, sold for $276.00

ANACS MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7539, not illustrated, not sold

MS-64 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5074, illustrated, sold for $3,047.50  From the Alfred S. Lippman Collection

MS-63 Red and Brown Questionable Color.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6656, not illustrated, not sold  

MS-63 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5455, not illustrated, not sold

1867/67, Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 121, "Snow-1", not plated, sold for $2,300.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 165, not plated, unsold

MS-60 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 196, not illustrated, sold for $144.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 166, not plated, sold for $207.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 118, sold for $373.75

AU.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 122, not plated, sold for $172.50

ANACS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6598, not illustrated, sold for $161.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"Flying Eagle and Indian Cent Varieties" by Larry R. Steve and Kevin J. Flynn