1887 INDIAN HEAD CENT
PCGS Nos: 2157, 2158, 2159,
2348, 2349, 2350
Circulation strikes: 45,223,523
Designer: James B.
Copper - 95%
Tin and Zinc - 5%
Mintmark: None (for
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) below the bow of the wreath on the reverse
The finest Uncirculated Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65BN's.
The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 12 MS-65RB's.
The finest Uncirculated Red examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-67RD's.
The finest Proof Brown examples graded by PCGS are 8 PR-66BN's.
The finest Proof Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 5 PR-66RB's.
The finest Proof Red examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-66RD's.
The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PR-64CA
PCGS graded Proof 65 Red. Ex -
Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part
I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1130, illustrated, where it was
described as follows: "…An outstanding coin with excellent mirrors and
captivating eye appeal. The coin is nearly perfect and is possibly worthy
of a higher grade. Presently only one coin is graded higher at PCGS. There
are only 6 examples graded PR65RD. This is one of the top condition
rarities of the series. As with the 1886 Variety 2, this issue is
usually rather pale in color when found full red. It would be interesting
to know if this is due to a different alloy used or if the cause was some
external procedure used at the Mint. Perhaps the cent planchets were
washed in an acidic solution prior to striking. Regardless of the cause,
the coins remain very difficult to find full red.", sold for $8,337.00
Proof-65 Red and Brown.
Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale",
NGC Proof-65 Red and Brown. Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of
Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001:1221, $517.50
PCGS MS-65 Red. Heritage
NGC MS-67 Red. Heritage May 31-June 2, 2001:7580, $690.00
PCGS MS-64, Red.
Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson
Collection, Part I", 02/2001:1288, $460.00 From the Howard R. Newcomb
collection of Indian Cents, purchased June 30, 1944 from J.G. Macallister
MS-60 plus Red and Brown.
Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale",
Sources and/or recommended
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The
Professional Coin Grading Service