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Obverse of 1881 Indian Head Cent     Reverse of 1881 Indian Head Cent


1881 INDIAN HEAD CENT

PCGS Nos: 2139, 2140, 2141, 2330, 2331, 2332

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 39,208,000
Proofs: 3,575

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 6 MS-65BN's.

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

The finest Uncirculated Red examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-67RD's.

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

The finest Proof Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-67RB's.

The finest Proof Red examples graded by PCGS are 4 PR-67RD's.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-66.

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-66 Red (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 47, plated, sold for $603.75

NGC Proof-66 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 230, illustrated, sold for $1,380.00

PCGS graded Proof 65 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1119, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "A nearly flawless example with moderate mirrors and deep reddish color. A patch of lighter tone is evident on the neck and chin.", sold for $1,092.00

Proof-65 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 159, illustrated, sold for $632.50

NGC Proof-65 Red and Brown.  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", 05/2001, Lot 231:$552.00

PCGS Proof-65 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 232, not illustrated, sold for $253.00

"Proof-64 Red".  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 142, sold for $833.75 - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1272, not illustrated, sold for $414.00

NGC Proof-64 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 233, not illustrated, sold for $265.00

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 145, not plated, sold for $195.50

PCGS Proof-63.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 143, sold for $126.50

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 144, sold for $109.25

PCGS MS-66 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1209, sold for $1,955.00

PCGS MS-65, Red.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4074, not illustrated, sold for $920.00

PCGS MS-65 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1210, sold for $483.00

PCGS MS-65 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7569, not illustrated, sold for $414.00

PCGS MS-64, Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1273, illustrated, sold for $368.00  From the Howard R. Newcomb collection of Indian Cents, purchased June 30, 1944 from J.G. Macallister

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