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1885 INDIAN HEAD CENT

PCGS Nos: 2151, 2152, 2153, 2342, 2343, 2344

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 11,761,594
Proofs: 3,790

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, Pennyslvania) below the bow of the wreath on the reverse

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated Brown examples graded by PCGS are 7 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 9 MS-66RD's.

The finest Proof Brown examples graded by PCGS are 6 PR-67BN's.

The finest Proof Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-68RB's.

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

Significant examples:
NGC Proof 68 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1124, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…An outstanding coin with great eye appeal. The coin exhibits a beautiful "old gold" tone, which gives it a warm fiery look. This example has a double die reverse, which is minor but visible on the outer leaves of the right side of the wreath.", sold for $4,140.00

NGC Proof-68 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 241, illustrated, sold for $4,140.00

NGC Proof-68 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 240, illustrated, sold for $3,910.00

Recent appearances:
PCGS graded Proof 66 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1125, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…A stunning coin with outstanding eye appeal. The coin exhibits moderately deep mirrors with nearly flawless surfaces. Clearly high end for the grade given.  The date on this example shows slight repunching. There are presently no collections of proof Indian cents by die variety. The proof Indian cent is challenging enough. To add varieties to the equation makes it a nearly impossible.  All presently known die pairs of all proof Flying Eagle and Indian Cents are being listed in the new Flying Eagle and Indian Cent attribution guide, 2nd edition by Rick Snow. It is being published by Eagle Eye Rare Coins in 6 volumes throughout this year.", sold for $2,900.00

PCGS Proof-66 Red and Brown.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 328 @$632.50

PCGS Proof-66 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 242, not illustrated, sold for $920.00

NGC Proof-66 Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1218 sold for $632.50

PCGS Proof-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7638, not illustrated, sold for $299.00

PCGS Proof-65 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 243, not illustrated, sold for $391.00

Proof-64 Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5115, not illustrated, sold for $161.00

Proof-64 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 245, not illustrated, sold for $230.00

Gem Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 149 @$546.25

Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 150 @$74.75

NGC MS-66 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1414

NGC MS-66 Brown.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5911, not plated, sold for $373.75

PCGS MS-65 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1283, not illustrated, sold for $920.00 From the Howard R. Newcomb collection of Indian Cents, purchased June 30, 1944 from J.G. Macallister

NGC MS-65 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1219 Not sold

PCGS MS-65 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6199, not plated, not sold   From the Alex Highland Collection

"MS-65 Red"
.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 57, illustrated, sold for $2,185.00

PCGS MS-64 Red.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 219, illustrated, sold for $437.00

MS-64 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5470, not illustrated, not sold 

MS-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1415

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