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Obverse of 1870 Indian Head Cent     Reverse of 1870 Indian Head Cent


1870 INDIAN HEAD CENT

PCGS Nos: 2097, 2098, 2099, 2297, 2298, 2299

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 5,275,000
Proofs: est. 1,000

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 example graded  by PCGS is a single MS-65BN.

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

The finest Uncirculated Red examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-66RD's.

The finest Proof Brown examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-64BN's.

The finest Proof Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 6 PR-66RB's.

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

The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 2 PRCA-65's.

 

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-66 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1172, sold for $1,035.00

PCGS graded Proof 65 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1105, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…A moderately deep mirror gem. There are very few grade limiting marks on this coin. However, as is seen on all 1870 proof Indian Cents, the dies are rather roughly polished on both sides. The resulting crisscrossing die polishing marks may be confused with hairlines on the field of the coin. The reverse die used to strike this example is the same die that struck some of the 1864 With L proofs (PR-2).", sold for $2,645.00

Brilliant Proof 64, Red.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4035, not illustrated, not sold

Proof-64 Red and Brown, Lightly Cleaned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5104, not illustrated, sold for $241.50

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 121, sold for $460.00

Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 122, sold for $253.00

NGC MS-66 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7546, illustrated, sold for $1,121.25

PCGS MS-65, Red.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4036, illustrated, sold for $5,060.00

PCGS MS-65 Red (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 31, sold for $3,680.00

NGC MS-65, Red and Brown.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4037, not illustrated, sold for $977.50

NGC MS-65 Red and Brown.  Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1173, sold for $805.00

NGC MS-65 Red and Brown.  Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1174, sold for $805.00

PCGS MS-64, Red.  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1236, illustrated, sold for $2,070.00  From the Howard R. Newcomb collection of Indian Cents, purchased June 30, 1944 from J.G. Macallister

NGC MS-64 Red.  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6607, not illustrated, sold for $1,495.00

PCGS MS-64 Red.  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 202, illustrated, sold for $1,495.00

ANACS MS-64 Red.  American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 198, "Type 3 Reverse", illustrated, sold for $1,495.00

MS-64 Brown.  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5078, not illustrated, sold for $322.00

MS-64 Red and Brown, Questionable color.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5423, not plated, sold for $632.50

NGC MS-64, Red and Brown.  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4038, not illustrated, sold for $517.50

MS-63 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 146, not illustrated, sold for $437.00

NGC MS-63 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6606, not illustrated, sold for $322.00

MS-63 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5079, not illustrated, sold for $1,207.50

PCGS MS-63, Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1237, not illustrated, sold for $322.00

MS-63, Brown.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4039, not illustrated, sold for $316.25

MS-63 Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1175, sold for $506.00

ANACS MS-62 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7545, not illustrated, sold for $333.50

MS-60 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1176, sold for $437.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 127, not plated, sold for $195.50

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6605, not illustrated, sold for $241.50

AU-50.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1238, not illustrated, sold for $437.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 171, not plated, sold for $546.25

AU.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 128, not plated, sold for $195.50

VF.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 129, "Snow-7, the 'Pick-axe' variety", not plated, sold for $126.50

ANACS VG-8.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 197, "Doubled Die Obverse, 0 in Dentils, Snow-5, FS1-001, 3-R-III, Rarity-8", illustrated, sold for $552.00

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