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1891 INDIAN HEAD CENT

PCGS Nos: 2178, 2179, 2180, 2360, 2361, 2362

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 47,070,000
Proofs: 2,745

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:
Proof 1891 Cents were sold by the Mint as part of six-piece Silver and Minor Coin Proof Sets or as part of two-piece Minor Coin Proof sets.  Individual 1891 Proof Cents were not available for purchase.  

The finest Uncirculated Brown examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-65BN's.

The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 11 MS-65RB's.

The finest Uncirculated Red examples graded by PCGS are 6 MS-66RD's.

The finest Proof Brown examples graded by PCGS are 4 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 4 PR-66RD's.

The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 3 PRCA-65's.

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 1136, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…An outstanding example with deep mirrors and excellent eye appeal. A tougher date in the later proof series, and this is one of the finest graded examples. Only 4 are graded by PCGS with none higher.", sold for $4,370.00

Gem Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 158, sold for $1,955.00

PCGS Proof-64 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 255, not illustrated, sold for $345.00

Proof-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5123, not illustrated, sold for $126.50

NGC MS-65 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 166, not illustrated, not sold

"MS-65 Red".  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries "The Rarities Sale", July 31, 2002, Lot 58, illustrated, sold for $805.00

ICG graded MS-65 Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1137, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "Snow-1…A very scarce and dramatic doubled die with major doubling visible on the LIBERTY and OF. This example is tied for the finest known. Only 23 examples are known to exist. This example is well struck, with lots of luster. The Cherry Picker's Guide prices this coin at $750 in AU. Variety collecting is the Flying Eagle and Indian Cent series is very active. The top varieties like the 1891 Snow-1 are in extremely high demand.", sold for $2,070.00

PCGS MS-64 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1297, not illustrated, sold for $604.00  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 7586, not illustrated, sold for $287.50

PCGS MS-64 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7587, not illustrated, sold for $149.50

ANACS MS-63 Red-Brown.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 231, "Misplaced Digits, Snow-7, FND-003, Rarity-unssigned", illustrated, sold for $149.50

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

"An Index of the Coins & Medals of The Cabinet of the Mint of the United States at Philadelphia" by R.A. McClure, Curator, 1891