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1871 INDIAN HEAD CENT

PCGS Nos: 2100, 2101, 2102, 2300, 2301, 2302

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 3,929,500
Proofs: est. 960

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 are 2 MS-65BN's.

The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown example graded by PCGS are 24 MS-65RB'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 example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66RB.

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.

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-66, Red.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4040, illustrated, not sold  Highest certified example

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-66 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7622, 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 1106, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…An outstanding example of this date. Stunning eye appeal. Virtually perfect surfaces. All 1871 Indian Cents come with moderate mirrors, and this coin is no exception. The beauty of this example is magnified when you realize how the typical 1871 looks. As in the previous lot, the apparent hairlines on the fields are actually die polish lines imparted at the Mint. These do not limit the grade, however they may have influenced the graders to be a bit too conservative on this example. A wonderful example. The reverse die used on this example is the same as used in 1870. This is a shallow N reverse, which was the old style used prior to this date. Most 1871 non-proof Indian Cents have the new redesigned reverse which has a bold N in "ONE".", sold for $2,415.00

Proof-64 Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5105, not illustrated, sold for $287.50

PCGS Proof-63 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6654, not illustrated, sold for $603.75

PCGS Proof-63 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1411

PCGS MS-65 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 147, illustrated, sold for $14,950.00

NGC MS-65, Red and Brown.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4041, illustrated, sold for $1,840.00

NGC MS-65, Red and Brown.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4042, illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-65, Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1239, 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-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7549 , illustrated, sold for $1,213.25 

NGC MS-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 203, illustrated, sold for $1,610.00

NGC MS-65 Red and Brown.  Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 148, illustrated, not sold

NGC MS-65, Brown.  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1240, illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

NGC MS-65 Red and Brown.  Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 320, sold for $1,725.00

NGC MS-65 Brown.  Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 321, sold for $920.00

MS-64, Red.  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1241, illustrated, sold for $2,415.00

ANACS MS-64 Red and Brown.  American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 199, "Repunched Date, Snow-1a, FND-006, FS1-008.6, 1-O-IV, Rarity-unassigned", illustrated, sold for $1,006.75

NGC MS-64 Red and Brown.  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6608, not illustrated, sold for $632.50

PCGS MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7547, not illustrated, sold for $1,840.00

PCGS MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7548, not illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

MS-63 Red and Brown Questionable Color.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6658, not illustrated, not sold

MS-63 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5080, not illustrated, sold for $1,380.00

MS-63, Brown. Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4043, not illustrated, sold for $287.50

ANACS MS-62, Brown.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4044, not illustrated, sold for $345.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 130, not plated, sold for $322.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 123, sold for $575.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 172, not plated, sold for $345.00

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1177, sold for $368.00

PCGS AU-55.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1242, not illustrated, sold for $328.00

AU.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 131, not plated, sold for $333.50

Cleaned and Lacquered Net EF-40.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 322, sold for $218.50

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