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1896 INDIAN HEAD CENT

PCGS Nos: 2193, 2194, 2195, 2375, 2376, 2377

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 39,055,431
Proofs: 1,862

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-65BN.

The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 10 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 4 PR-66RB's.

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

The finest Cameo Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-65.

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 1143, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…A beautiful and nearly flawless example. The surfaces are satiny and free of any marks. This is a tough date to locate in gem full red. Only 8 examples are presently graded by PCGS with 4 higher.", sold for $2,645.00

Proof-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5129, not illustrated, sold for $345.00

PCGS Proof-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7646, not illustrated, sold for $276.00

PCGS Proof-65 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7647, $299.00

Proof-65 Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5128, $356.50

Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 166, sold for $184.00

Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 160, "Snow-1", not plated, sold for $46.00

NGC MS-66 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7594, illustrated, sold for $1,380.00

NGC MS-65, Red.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4090, not illustrated, sold for $776.00

PCGS MS-65 Red.  Ex - Superior Galleries "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 54, sold for $805.00

MS-65 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 267, not illustrated, sold for $575.00

PCGS MS-64, Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1308, not illustrated, sold for $552.00  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 7592, not illustrated, sold for $241.50

NGC MS-64 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7593, not illustrated, sold for $120.75

PCGS MS-63 Red-Brown.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 237, "Repunched 6, Snow-1, FND-001, Rarity-6", illustrated, sold for $207.00

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