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1875 INDIAN HEAD CENT

PCGS Nos: 2121, 2122, 2123, 2312, 2313, 2314

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 13,528,000
Proofs: est. 700

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 examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-65BN's.

The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is are 3 MS-66RB's.

The finest Uncirculated Red examples graded by PCGS are 6 MS-66RD's.

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

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

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

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

Varieties:
One reverse die used on an 1875 Cent was given a mark of some sort as an anti-theft device.  As of 2001, no such coin has been discovered, although a low grade piece has been found that shows a "an irregular raised prominence in the field to the right of the E in ONE, about two-thirds of the way to the level of the top of the letter; this prominence in the field is about 40% of the distance from the right side of the E to the nearby wreath."

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-66 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7623, illustrated, sold for $2,760.00

ICG Proof 65, Red.  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1257, illustrated, sold for $5,290.00

NGC Proof-65 Red and Brown.  Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 154, not illustrated, sold for $339.25

PCGS graded Proof 64 Red.  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1112, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…One of the few coins in the "Margene Heathgate" collection where a high quality PR65RD was not available. This coin is high end for the grade with frosted devices, spotless surfaces and moderate mirrors, as is typical for this issue. This is a very tough date in gem full red.

This is a year where the production of proofs was not given the quality control seen in other years. Every denomination in the proof set is hard to find in the higher grades due to this lack of quality standards. For years they were unknown in PR65RD. A few are now known, but it is perhaps because the grading services lowered their expectations due to the quality of extent examples.", sold for $3,450.00

Very Choice Brilliant Proof.  Stack's "The September Sale", 09/2000:129, $6,325.00

Brilliant Proof 64, Red and Brown.  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4059, not illustrated, sold for $345.00

NGC Proof-64 Red and Brown.  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6661, not illustrated, sold for $373.75

Proof-64 Red and Brown.  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5438, not plated, sold for $1,092.50

NGC Proof-63 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6660, not illustrated, sold for $368.00

NGC Proof-63 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 213, not illustrated, sold for $195.00

Proof-60 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 214, not illustrated, sold for $138.00

PCGS MS-65, Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1258, illustrated, sold for $4,140.00

PCGS MS-65 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 57, illustrated, sold for $3,105.00

NGC MS-65 Brown.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 326 Not Sold

NGC MS-65 Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 1354, not illustrated, sold for $402.50

MS-65, Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1259, illustrated, sold for $1,265.00

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated Brown.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 130 @$322.00

PCGS MS-64 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 212, illustrated, sold for $1,093.00

NGC MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1193 sold for $483.00

NGC MS-64, Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1260, not illustrated, sold for $195.00

MS-64 Red and Brown Questionable Color.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6662, not illustrated, not sold

MS-63 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5426, not plated, unsold

MS-63 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5087, not illustrated, sold for $517.50

MS-63 Brown.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4060, not illustrated, sold for $126.50

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

"The Case of the Disappearing Cent" by Robert W. Julian, Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine, May 1972

"Check Those 1875 Indian Cents", Bowers and Merena, The Coin Collector, page 10