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1883 INDIAN HEAD CENT

PCGS Nos: 2145, 2146, 2147, 2336, 2337, 2338

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 45,591,500
Proofs: 6,609

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

The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66RB.

The finest Uncirculated Red examples graded by PCGS are 7 MS-67RD's.

The finest Proof Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-67BN's.

The finest Proof Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-67RB's.

The finest Proof Red example graded by PCGS is a single PR-67RD.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-64.

Recent appearances:
PCGS graded Proof 66 Red.  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1121, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…A really beautiful example with outstanding eye appeal. The mirrors are quite deep, but not quite to cameo status. It is essentially perfect, very high end for the grade. Full red gem proof Indian Cents for this year are very tough to find. Presently the PCGS population is 4 in PR-66RD and 1 in PR-67. This is curious since the mintage is one of the highest of the series. This situation also exists for the 1886 and 1888 issues which have an even higher mintage and are even rarer than this date in gem full red.", $4,140.00

NGC Proof 66, Red and Brown.  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001:1277, $805.00

NGC Proof-66 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1214, $431.25

Gem Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 148, not plated, sold for $546.25

NGC Proof-65 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6668, not illustrated, sold for $1,667.50

NGC Proof-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6667, not illustrated, sold for $241.50

NGC Proof-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 236, not illustrated, sold for $1,840.00

NGC Proof-65 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 237, not illustrated, sold for $604.00

NGC Proof-65 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 238, not illustrated, sold for $230.00

NGC Proof 65, Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1278, not illustrated, sold for $299.00

Proof-64 Red and Brown Questionable Color.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6669, not illustrated, not sold

Proof-63 Red and Brown, Questionable Color.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5113, not illustrated, sold for $92.00

Very Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 146, sold for $402.50

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 147, sold for $299.00

PCGS graded MS- 66 Red.  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1122, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Snow-8…A really exciting variety with a bold misplaced digit (either an 8 or a 3) punched in the field above the denticles below the 83 in the date. Unknown to the numismatic community until 1995, this is a very rare and dramatic variety. Only a handful of examples have been found. This one is undoubtedly the finest known. This is fully struck with very early dies, probably one of first few struck. The details are knife sharp and the fields are prooflike with die striations indicative of a recently polished die. A real opportunity for the variety collector.", $3,450.00

NGC MS-66 Red-Brown.  American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 214, "Misplaced 1 at Bust, Snow-1, FND-002, Rarity-7", illustrated, unsold

NGC MS-65 Red.  American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 216, "Misplaced Digits, 83 in Dentils, Snow-8, Rarity-unassigned", illustrated, unsold

PCGS MS-65, Red.  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1279, not illustrated, sold for $506.00  From the Howard R. Newcomb collection of Indian Cents, purchased June 30, 1944 from J.G. Macallister

MS-65 Red.  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1413

PCGS MS-65 Red.  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7575, not illustrated, not sold  EX Newcomb

PCGS MS-65 Red.  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7576, not illustrated, sold for $437.00

NGC MS-65 Red and Brown.  Superior 03/2001:49, $207.00

ANACS MS-65 Red-Brown.  American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 215, "Misplaced Digits on Bust, Snow-7, Rarity-unassigned", $1,380.00

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 185, not plated, unsold

PCGS MS-64 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7574, not sold

Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated, and virtually Gem.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 149, not plated, sold for $862.50

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