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: 6/17/2013

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1888 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1.15 2.00 5.75 8.05 20.70 20.70 28.80 31.20 36.00 40.80 60.00 72.00 108 162 281 550 - - - - -
$ 23.00 32.00 35.00 40.00 46.00 67.00 81.00 121 181 310 610 - - -
1888 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 106 138 210 344 910 1720 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 118 155 230 380 1000 1890 - -
1888 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 372 770 2160 9430 55250 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 410 850 2380 10200 60000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 759
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 66


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6/3/1998 NGC MS 63   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 1055, 1055/Lot# 1055 $92.65
6/27/2005 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 74 $265.65
5/27/2007 PCGS XF 45   Brown Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 825 $19,800.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 7350 $253.00
2/22/2013 NGC VF 30   Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6595 $117.50
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 7239 $558.13
7/14/2013 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/14/2013, 83/Lot# 128071 $22.50
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 65   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 197810 $500.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16202841598194106135159186209268308456751109416471918237329033517
17223247668598115143168193228281357554865127817372069254931070
00000098115143168193228281357554865127817372069254900
000000102125151177201248294406652979146218272221272600
1888 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16202841598194106135159186209268426517831167820913588430451206045
172232476685981151431681932283204566211113181525903826457654280
000000981151431681932283204566211113181525903826457600
0000001021251511772012483734867261395195330894065484800
1888 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1620284159819410613515918620926852994513452648368366137727897410365
1722324766859811514316819322835566710781779299346596984814294370
0000009811514316819322835566710781779299346596984814200
00000010212515117720124844280612112213333856367355855800
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