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1895 INDIAN HEAD CENT

PCGS Nos: 2190, 2191, 2192, 2372, 2373, 2374

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 38,341,474
Proofs: 2,062

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 5 MS-65BN's.

The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 8 MS-65RB's.

The finest Uncirculated Red example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67RD.

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

The finest Proof Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 7 PR-66RB's.

The finest Proof Red examples graded by PCGS are 4 PR-67RD's.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-66.

Recent appearances:
PCGS graded Proof 66 Red.  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1142, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…A beautiful deep mirror example that grabs the light and doesn't give it back. An early die state example with "orange peel" fields.

After the dies are hubbed and the date is applied, the die is given multiple polishes with progressively finer and finer polish. The last polish given to the dies prior to being hardened gives the field a surface quite like a mirror. This is the deepest mirror attainable on the dies. When the die is hardened, the metal shrinks slightly creating a wavy effect on the polished surfaces. It looks somewhat like the surface of an orange. When you see orange peel on a proof issue you can be sure that it is one of the first examples struck from those dies. Later polishing to the already hardened dies will produce a flatter and shallower mirror.", sold for $2,760.00

NGC Proof-66 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1228 sold for $920.00

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7645, not illustrated, sold for $977.50

NGC Proof-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7644, not illustrated, sold for $299.00

PCGS Proof 64, Red and Brown.  Superior 10/2000:4088, $287.50

Proof-63 Red and Brown.  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5127, not illustrated, sold for $184.00

Choice Brilliant Proof Red.  Stack's 09/2000:164, $805.00

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000:165, $230.00

PCGS MS-67 Red.  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6637, not illustrated, sold for $5,520.00

PCGS MS-65 Red.  American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 235, "Repunched 895, Snow-1, FND-001, FS1-001.3, Rarity-6", illustrated, sold for $805.00

PCGS MS-65 Red.  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1306, not illustrated, sold for $661.00  From the Howard R. Newcomb collection of Indian Cents, purchased June 30, 1944 from J.G. Macallister

PCGS MS-65 Red.  Heritage 08/2000: 6636, $603.75

MS-65 Red.  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", 02/2001:1307, $287.00

NGC MS-65 Red and Brown.  American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 236, "Triple-punched 895, Snow-2, FND-002, Rarity-6", $253.00

PCGS MS-64 Red.  Heritage 05/2001:7591, $184.00

MS-60.  Superior 10/2000:4089,"Double Struck", $3,565.00  Ex Bowers and Merena 1/23/86:3330

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