Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 48,866,025
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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1889 1C MS obverse 1889 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Circulated examples of this date are fairly common, as are Mint State pieces of average quality. True gems are scarce, as the planchets used for 1889 cents had a tendency to produce streaks from incomplete mixing of the alloy.

This date is rich in varieties, including at least two doublied-die reverses.

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1889 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.15 2.00 2.50 6.90 10.35 10.35 24.00 26.40 27.60 34.80 39.60 46.80 52.80 67.20 188 275 475 - - - -
$ - 27.00 30.00 31.00 39.00 44.00 52.00 59.00 75.00 210 300 520 - -
1889 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 54.00 61.20 92.40 250 406 910 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 60.00 69.00 103 280 450 1000 - -
1889 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 180 600 2150 12060 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 202 660 2370 13000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 732
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66


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8/23/2004 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Bullet Sale #353, 353/Lot# 92 $189.75
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 65   Red Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 888 $1,897.50
1/3/2006 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 3064 $17,825.00
3/6/2008 NGC MS 65   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 227, 233/Lot# 5020 $287.50
3/15/2009 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 2665, 2665/Lot# 1016 $109.25
2/15/2010 NGC MS 65   Red Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 263 $1,173.00
1/9/2013 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1181/Lot# 8432 $158.63
4/7/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131316/Lot# 24511 $44.00
6/29/2014 PCGS   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 204359 $6.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base121624324567768911112314315917918621645672511381345169721132601
131826365270809611512914816518119629654586212071462183522750
000000809611512914816518119629654586212071462183500
00000084103119136153172183206376635100012761579197400
1889 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base121624324567768911112314315917920523751780910531988245529983626
131826365270809611512914816518721533061489013642143263632070
000000809611512914816518721533061489013642143263600
0000008410311913615317219622642371197116762299281700
1889 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base121624324567768911112314315917926556010662854394570178180947910926
13182636527080961151291481652073637281662321749697404861399610
00000080961151291481652073637281662321749697404861300
000000841031191361531722364618972258358159937792904600
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