Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 11,761,594
Catalog: KM-90a
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1885 1C MS obverse 1885 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Production of both cents and five-cent pieces declined sharply in 1885-86. There was no economic recession at the time, so an explanation must be found elsewhere. The ongoing problem with the quality of planchets received from the Mint's vendors may have caused a suspension in orders. It may be, also, that there were simply enough cents from previous years to meet current demand.

Despite a much lower than usual mintage, 1885 cents are not rare. The supply of coins in the better circulated grades and in Mint State is reduced in comparison to other dates of the period, and prices are higher due to both real and perceived scarcity. The example illustrated is softly struck on the opposite points of obverse and reverse, suggesting that the die faces were not perfectly parallel.

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Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1885 1C MS Brown
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Base $ 4.60 6.90 13.20 21.85 58.65 58.65 74.40 78.00 84.00 96.00 102 108 150 198 250 425 680 1980 - - -
$ 66.00 83.00 87.00 94.00 108 114 121 168 220 280 470 750 2180 -
1885 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 144 186 228 375 710 1240 3450 - - -
$ - - - - - - 161 208 250 410 780 1360 3700 -
1885 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 270 420 750 1690 14630 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 300 460 830 1860 15800 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 634
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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9/17/1997 NGC MS 64   Brown Teletrade Auction 0981, 981/Lot# 1028 $130.80
8/26/2003 NGC MS 62   Brown Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23091, 23091/Lot# 11063 $87.40
9/10/2007 NGC MS 62   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 176, 182/Lot# 20 $138.00
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1102 $575.00
12/25/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131201/Lot# 29385 $69.00
5/27/2012 NGC MS 67   Red Brown Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1008 $6,435.00
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 64   Brown Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14164 $240.88
8/11/2013 PCGS VF 30   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/11/2013, 87/Lot# 132248 $29.51


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base415981111147194223251275295317336360471517575113813451579197524392980
476691123162203232259281302323344397486536762120714231711212926190
000000232259281302323344397486536762120714231711212900
000000241267288309329352434501555950127615011843228400
1885 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base415981111147194223251275295317336360529602705151516783009363943615185
476691123162203232259281302323344416553636975156921213219387946350
000000232259281302323344416553636975156921213219387900
0000002412672883093293524725776701245162325653429412000
1885 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base41598111114719422325127529531733636065310661515224031585797681079489221
47669112316220323225928130232334445779012151756254640376134718983720
00000023225928130232334445779012151756254640376134718900
00000024126728830932935255592813651998285249176472756800
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