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
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Base $ 6.00 8.00 15.00 26.00 63.00 63.00 75.00 80.00 88.00 100.00 105 110 145 205 300 525 1000 2350 - - -
$ 70.00 78.00 83.00 92.00 102 107 120 165 230 350 575 - - -
1885 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 145 185 255 400 750 2000 5000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 290 550 1050 - - -
1885 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 280 400 825 1850 12000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 475 1050 3200 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 652
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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6/18/2000 NGC AU 58   Brown Teletrade Auction 1322, 1322/Lot# 1000 $59.95
6/9/2002 NGC MS 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2002 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #293, 293/Lot# 115 $178.25
8/18/2008 NGC MS 66   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 275, 281/Lot# 36 $931.50
11/9/2010 NGC MS 63   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10127 $135.70
1/30/2011 NGC MS 65   Red Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1101 $1,006.00
5/27/2012 NGC MS 67   Red Brown Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1008 $6,435.00
12/5/2013 NGC MS 65   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 7108 $646.25
12/29/2013 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/29/2013, 170/Lot# 160434 $26.00


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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