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1897 INDIAN HEAD CENT

PCGS Nos: 2196, 2197, 2198, 2378, 2379, 2380, 92198

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 50,464,392
Proofs: 1,938

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 10 MS-64BN's.

The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown examples graded by PCGS are 17 MS-65RB's.

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

The finest Uncirculated "1 in Neck" Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64BN.

The finest Uncirculated "1 in Neck" Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-64RB.

The finest Uncirculated "1 in Neck" Red example graded by PCGS is a single MS-63RD.

The finest Proof Brown examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-66BN's.

The finest Proof Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-68RB.

The finest Proof Red examples graded by PCGS are 7 PR-67RD's.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PRCA-68.

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

Recent appearances:
PCGS graded Proof 67 Red.  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1144, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…This is one of the most spectacular Proof Indian Cents you'll ever see. It has ultra deep mirrors and bright frosted devices. The fields have heavy "orange peel" which gives the impression that this could be one of the first examples struck off these dies. If one were to pick the top quality coin from this collection, this would probably your choice.", $12,075.00

PCGS Proof-66 Red and Brown.  Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001:268, $633.00

Proof-64 Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Santa Clara Signature Sale", November 16-17, 2000, Lot 5130, not illustrated, sold for $195.50

Superb Gem Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 167, sold for $1,380.00

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 162, not plated, sold for $161.00

PCGS MS-65, Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1309, illustrated, sold for $920.00  From the Howard R. Newcomb collection of Indian Cents, purchased June 30, 1944 from J.G. Macallister

NGC MS-65 Brown.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", 06/2001, Lot 168, "FS-011.5, Misplaced date", $575.00

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