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Obverse of 1872 Indian Head Cent     Reverse of 1872 Indian Head Cent


1872 INDIAN HEAD CENT

PCGS Nos: 2103, 2104, 2105, 2303, 2304, 2305

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 4,042,000
Proofs: est. 950

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, Pennsylvania) 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 3 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 are 3 PR-66RB's.

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

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65.

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

Significant examples:
Proof (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection" Sale - Part 1, February 18-20, 2001

Recent appearances:
PCGS graded Proof 65 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1107, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…A beautiful cameo gem example. Moderate mirrors, as deep as ever seen for this date. This die exhibits light die polishing lines that may look like hairlines at first glance. There are a few Mint made lint strike-throughs, but these are mostly hidden and don't detract from the coin's beauty. These are made when the coin is struck and do not affect the grade at this level. In fact, there is nothing on this coin which should limit the grade to only a PR-65RD.  The 1872 proof issue was struck in about the same quantities as the other dates in the early 1870's, but for some reason, are much scarcer than other dates in gem full red grades. Most of the encountered examples are some shade of red brown. There is strong additional date demand for this issue due to the rarity of the non-proof format issues.  The reverse die used on this coin has a curious anomaly. There is a distinct bulge on the right serif of the T in CENT. This die is seen on later issues until 1877.", sold for $6,325.00

PCGS Proof-65 Red and Brown.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5922, not plated, unsold

NGC Proof-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6739, illustrated, sold for $862.50

NGC Proof-65 Red and Brown. Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 206, illustrated, sold for $977.00

PCGS Proof 64, Red.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4045, illustrated, sold for $2,530.00

NGC Proof-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6656, not illustrated, sold for $517.50

NGC PR-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 174, not plated, sold for $431.25

Proof-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1180, sold for $391.00

NGC Proof-65 Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 149, not illustrated, sold for $483.00

PCGS Proof-63 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6655, not illustrated, sold for $414.00

Brilliant Proof 60, plus Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1247, illustrated, sold for $437.00  Ex: Bowers and Merena's Montgomery Sale, 5/1998: 379

PCGS MS-65, Red.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4046, illustrated, sold for $26,450.00

NGC MS-65 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 55, illustrated, sold for $2,300.00

NGC MS-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7551, illustrated, sold for $2,472.50

NGC MS-65 Brown.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 323, sold for $1,380.00

PCGS MS-64 Red.  Ex - Superior Galleries "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 32, unsold

MS-64, Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1245, illustrated, sold for $2,415.00

PCGS MS-64 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 205, illustrated, sold for $4,830.00

PCGS MS-64 Red-Brown.  American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 200, "Triple Punched Date, Snow-1, FND-001, Breen-1984, Rarity-7", illustrated, sold for $2,300.00

PCGS MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 54, illustrated, unsold

PCGS MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1244, illustrated, sold for $7,762.00  From the Howard R. Newcomb collection of Indian Cents, purchased June 30, 1944 from J.G. Macallister

NGC MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1181, sold for $989.00

MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage's "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5460, "Questionable Color", plated, sold for $2,645.00

PCGS MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 207, illustrated, sold for $1,696.00

MS-64 Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5083, not illustrated, sold for $603.75

ANACS MS-64 Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1182, "Snow-10, shallow N Reverse", sold for $632.50

MS-63, Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1246, not illustrated, sold for $3,335.00

MS-63 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5459, not illustrated, sold for $2,645.00

MS-63, Brown.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4047, not illustrated, sold for $546.25

PCI MS-62.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4048, not illustrated, sold for $948.75

MS-62 Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5082, not illustrated, sold for $575.00

NGC MS-61 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7550, not illustrated, sold for $402.50

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 124, sold for $517.50

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 125, sold for $345.00

AU-58.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1183, sold for $460.00

AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5081, not illustrated, sold for $345.00

AU, Lightly Cleaned but still scarce.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 133, "Snow-unlisted, Misplaced Date", not plated, sold for $276.00

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