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1890 INDIAN HEAD CENT

PCGS Nos: 2175, 2176, 2177, 2357, 2358, 2359

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 57,180,114
Proofs: 2,740

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-64BN.

The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 12 MS-65RB's.

The finest Uncirculated Red examples graded by PCGS are 7 MS-66RD's.

The finest Proof Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-65BN's.

The finest Proof Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66RB.

The finest Proof Red examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-66RD's.

The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 3 PRCA-64's.

Recent appearances:
PCGS graded Proof 65 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1135, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…A dazzling deep mirror gem. This is a real beautiful example held back from a higher grade due to a few light flyspecks and minor planchet laminations. This date is moderately scarce, partly due to a lower mintage.", sold for $2,875.00

NGC Proof 65, Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1294, illustrated, sold for $333.00

Proof-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5121, not illustrated, sold for $1,207.50

PCGS Proof-64 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 254, not illustrated, sold for $391.00

NGC Proof-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7642, not illustrated, sold for $178.25

NGC Proof-63 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6669, not illustrated, not sold 

NGC Proof-63 Red and Brown.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5924, not plated, unsold

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 156, sold for $172.50

Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 157, sold for $97.75

PCGS MS-65, Red.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4083, illustrated, sold for $977.50

PCGS MS-64, Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1295, not illustrated, sold for $747.00 From the Howard R. Newcomb collection of Indian Cents, purchased June 30, 1944 from J.G. Macallister

PCGS MS-64 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7585, not illustrated, sold for $316.25

NGC MS-64, Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1296, not illustrated, sold for $69.00

NGC MS-64 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6634, not illustrated, sold for $299.00

ANACS MS-63 Red-Brown.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 230, "Off-center Clashed Reverse, Snow-16, Rarity-unassigned", illustrated, sold for $632.50

Very Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 154, not plated, sold for $143.75

Brilliant Uncirculated, Tripled Die Obverse.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 155, "Snow-1, Tripled Die Obverse", not plated, sold for $63.25

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