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: 1/13/2015

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1885 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 6.00 8.00 15.00 26.00 63.00 75.00 80.00 88.00 100.00 110 145 205 300 525 1000 2350 - - -
$ 70.00 78.00 83.00 92.00 102 120 165 230 350 575 - - -
1885 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 145 185 255 400 750 2000 5000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 290 550 1050 - - -
1885 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 280 400 825 1850 12000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 475 1050 3200 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 654
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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9/27/2005 PCGS MS 63   Brown Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #25101, 25101/Lot# 13048 $115.00
10/30/2006 NGC MS 66   Brown Heritage Auctions 2006 October Dallas Online Session #429, 429/Lot# 7212 $517.50
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 65   Red Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 823 $1,265.00
6/26/2008 NGC MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2008 June West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature Coin Auction #1110, 1110/Lot# 154 $1,092.50
1/22/2009 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 325, 331/Lot# 5120 $230.00
6/17/2010 NGC MS 65   Brown Stack's Bowers The June 2010 Baltimore Auction, 41/Lot# 1135 $1,897.50
4/22/2012 PCGS AU 50   Brown Teletrade Auction 3263, 3263/Lot# 1043 $70.00
5/27/2012 NGC MS 67   Red Brown Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1008 $6,435.00
5/26/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/26/2013, 76/Lot# 115472 $88.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base415981111147248272288304330366381395489631820117317072671197524392980
476691123181256277293313342371386426536694938135120282671213026190
000000277293313342371386426536694938135120282671213000
0000002832993213543763904585847571055152923502671228400
1885 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base415981111147194223251275295317336489586735990151524643817363943615185
4766911231632042322592823023233875216368201165183129153817388046360
0000002322592823023233875216368201165183129153817388000
0000002422672883103304385546859051340214833663817412000
1885 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base41598111114719422325127529531733636078310661531236855635797681079489221
47669112316320423225928230232334450187712211810343356416135718983720
00000023225928230232334450187712211810343356416135718900
00000024226728831033035264297213762089449857196472756900
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