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1879 INDIAN HEAD CENT

PCGS Nos: 2133, 2134, 2135, 2324, 2325, 2326

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 16,228,000
Proofs: 3,200

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 5 MS-66RB's.

The finest Uncirculated Red examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-67RD's.

The finest Proof Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-67BN.

The finest Proof Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-68RB.

The finest Proof Red examples graded by PCGS are 10 PR-67RD's.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS are 2 PRCA-67's.

Recent appearances:
PCGS graded Proof 67 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1117, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…An exquisite example with outstanding eye appeal commensurate with the grade given. Moderately deep mirrors flash in the light with unparalleled beauty. This date is more commonly found in higher grades than most other dates in the proof series. This would be a perfect date for a high quality type set.", sold for $4,600.00

PCGS Proof-67 Red and Brown.  Heritage 05/2001:7632, $977.50

NGC Proof-66 Red and Brown.  Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", 03/2001:1207, $517.50

PCGS Proof-65 Red.  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6664, not illustrated, sold for $1,265.00

NGC Proof-65 Red.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 180, plated, sold for $1,035.00

PCGS Proof-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6663, not illustrated, sold for $322.00

PCGS Proof-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7631, not illustrated, sold for $402.50

Proof-64 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 225, not illustrated, sold for $230.00

NGC Proof-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 181, not plated, sold for $184.00

Proof-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5111, not illustrated, sold for $149.50

ANACS Proof-64 Red and Brown,  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7630, not illustrated, sold for $172.50

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 138, sold for $253.00

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 139, sold for $138.00

MS-66, Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1270, illustrated, sold for $460.00  From the Howard R. Newcomb collection of Indian Cents, purchased June 30, 1944 from J.G. Macallister

NGC MS-66 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 224, not illustrated, sold for $633.00

NGC MS-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Superior Galleries "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 43, sold for $230.00

NGC MS-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Superior Galleries "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 44, sold for $195.50

PCGS MS-64, Red and Brown.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4071, not illustrated, sold for $138.00

ANACS MS-64 Red-Brown.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 210, "Repunched 79, Snow-2, FND-001, Rarity-5", illustrated, sold for $414.00

SEGS MS-64 Red and Brown.  Superior 03/2001:45, $115.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 163, not plated, $69.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 182, not plated, sold for $74.75

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated, Red and Brown.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 161, not plated, sold for $126.50

1879/9, Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 141, "Snow-unlisted, Bold repunching evident below base of '9'", not plated, sold for $97.75

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