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Obverse of 1868 Indian Head Cent     Reverse of 1868 Indian Head Cent


1868 INDIAN HEAD CENT

PCGS Nos: 2091, 2092, 2093, 2291, 2292, 2293

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 10,266,500
Proofs: est. 600

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 4 MS-65BN's.

The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66RB's.

The finest Uncirculated Red examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66RD's.

The finest Proof Brown examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-65BN's.

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

The finest Proof Red examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-66RD's.

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

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Varieties:
Doubled Die Obverse
Triple Punched Date 1868/168/68

Significant examples:
NGC MS-66 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1165, sold for $460.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-65 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7620, illustrated, not sold

PCGS graded Proof 65 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1102, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…Another beautiful gem with moderately deep mirrors and frosty devices. The coin has acquired a distinctive "Old Gold" look. A bit redder than the bright gold typically seen. This example is one of the 100 or so examples struck with a widely rotate reverse (about 170 degrees). A very interesting piece. Examples of this date are very hard to locate in gem condition. Presently only 8 are graded by PCGS with 2 better.", sold for $7,187.00

PCGS Proof-65 Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7618, not illustrated, sold for $402.50

PCGS Proof-64 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7619, not illustrated, sold for $2,012.50

PCGS Proof 64, Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1230, illustrated, sold for $299.00

PCGS Proof-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6201, not plated, sold for $1,035.00   From the Alex Highland Collection

ANACS Proof-63 Red and Brown.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5921, not plated, sold for $575.00

Very Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 123, plated, sold for $603.75

Proof-60 Red and Brown Questionable Color.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6668, not illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-66 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 197, illustrated, sold for $2,530.00

PCGS MS-65 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1166, sold for $4,600.00

NGC MS-65, Red and Brown.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4028, not illustrated, sold for $603.75

NGC MS-65 Red and Brown.  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5905, not plated, sold for $603.75

NGC MS-65 Red and Brown.  Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1167, sold for $575.00

PCGS MS-64 Red.  American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 194, "Repunched 18, 'String of Pearls,' Snow-10, Rarity-unassigned", illustrated, sold for $1,380.00

MS-64 Red (illustrated above).  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1228, illustrated, sold for $1,725.00

MS-64 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5421, not plated, sold for $1,265.00

MS-64, Red.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4029, not illustrated, sold for $373.75

PCGS MS-64, Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1229, not illustrated, sold for $2,645.00 From the Howard R. Newcomb collection of Indian Cents, purchased June 30, 1944 from J.G. Macallister

NGC MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6600, not illustrated, sold for $517.50

PCGS MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5904, not plated, sold for $460.00

MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1168, sold for $345.00

MS-64 Red and Brown Questionable Color.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6657, not illustrated, sold for $460.00

MS-64 Brown, PVC.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5076, not illustrated, sold for $517.50

NGC MS-63 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1169, sold for $276.00

PCGS MS-63 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6601, not illustrated, sold for $488.75

MS-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4030, not illustrated, sold for $172.50

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 167, not plated, sold for $195.50

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 124, "Snow-unlisted, Misplaced Date", not plated, sold for $126.50

Brilliant Uncirculated. Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 119, sold for $345.00

AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 198, not illustrated, sold for $167.00

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