Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 37,489,832
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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1888 1C MS obverse 1888 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Circulated examples of the 1888 cent are common across all grades. Mint State pieces, however, are a bit scarcer than for other dates of similar mintage, and gems are truly rare. Also an issue for this date is weakness of strike. The example illustrated, for instance, lacks complete detail to the first three feathers.

Numerous die-punching varieties are found on 1888 Indian Head Cents, and the most popular of these are attributed by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service. Perhaps the most desirable variety in the Indian Head series, the 1888/7 overdate is very rare in any grade approaching Mint State. It is widely sought by both series specialists and general variety collectors.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/14/2015

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1888 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1.50 2.75 5.75 8.25 23.00 29.00 32.00 37.00 55.00 75.00 110 165 285 650 - - - - -
$ 25.00 30.00 35.00 40.00 58.00 82.00 125 185 340 - - - -
1888 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 115 175 250 525 1075 1900 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 725 1400 - - -
1888 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 375 800 2450 11000 57500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 450 1200 3350 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 774
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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9/23/1996 PCGS MS 63   Brown Teletrade Auction 0878, 878/Lot# 1015 $87.20
9/4/2011 NGC MS 65   Red Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 726 $1,006.00
1/24/2012 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 8243 $287.50
11/1/2013 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1191/Lot# 7126 $455.90
6/22/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/22/2014, 200/Lot# 202510 $605.00
8/17/2014 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131434/Lot# 27592 $158.63
11/2/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10445 $350.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737415994102119135159220272288395539793133316471918237329033517
373738477197108124143179237277324443624973143817372070255031080
000000108124143179237277324443624973143817372070255000
0000001131301512002552833594917081153154218282221272600
1888 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737415981941061351591862094095637251173177624013588430451206045
373738476685981161431681942764606178741374198427973827457654280
000000981161431681942764606178741374198427973827457600
00000010212515117720134251267110241575219331924065484800
1888 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37373741598194106135159186209268529949150527275367100747727897410365
37373847668598116143168194229355669113419123607693610074814394380
00000098116143168194229355669113419123607693610074814300
000000102125151177201248442809132023204487850510074855800
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