Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,336
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 PF obverse 1889 1C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The speculative high sales of proof coins which typified the 1880s began to recede in 1889, and mintages of proof Indian Head Cents never again cracked the 3000 barrier through the end of the series.

The U. S. Mint's pattern of poorly made proof coins continued in 1889, and it's not unusual to find this issue with incomplete details. Evident in the example illustrated is another oddity of this date: A die-clash impression of Liberty's inverted profile may be seen within and below letter C of CENT. Coining proofs from clashed dies was an unforgiveable lapse, but it gives these coins a unique charm.

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1889 1C PF Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 104 115 162 222 290 375 650 - - - -
$ - - - - - 116 129 181 240 320 410 720 - -
1889 1C PF Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 115 127 180 246 425 575 1660 - - - -
$ - - - - - 129 142 202 270 470 630 1830 - -
1889 1C PF Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 210 300 630 1810 4840 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 230 330 690 1990 5200 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 268
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 66


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4/25/2005 NGC PF 66   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 55 $368.00
7/27/2005 PCGS PF 66   Red Heritage Auctions 2005 July San Francisco, CA (ANA) Signature Auction #382, 382/Lot# 5205 $4,887.50
9/19/2005 PCGS PF 65   Brown Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1529 $368.00
4/28/2010 NGC Details Proof Details  Heritage Auctions 2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139, 1139/Lot# 2671 $184.00
9/4/2011 PCGS PF 65   Red Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 727 $1,437.50
3/28/2012 PCGS PF 63   Brown Teletrade Auction 3250, 3250/Lot# 1027 $210.00
1/26/2014 NGC PF 65   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/26/2014, 165/Lot# 143302 $309.22
9/12/2014 PCGS PF 65   Red Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3499, 6053/Lot# 21013 $505.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 1C PF Brown
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1889 1C PF Red Brown
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1889 1C PF Red
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1889 1C PF Brown, Cameo
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1889 1C PF Red Brown, Cameo
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00000031232533764735065837279341231163423013234357100
1889 1C PF Red, Cameo
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1889 1C PF Red Brown, Ultra Cameo
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1889 1C PF Red, Ultra Cameo
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Base33333333258392560659672806122517813733560473671029133
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00000031733475046266677611085159530824980677993161029100
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