Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 11,761,594
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
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: 3/22/2021

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1885 1C MS BN
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Base $ 10.00 15.00 25.00 35.00 75.00 85.00 90.00 95.00 100 110 115 140 160 250 415 950 2000 - - -
$ - - - - - - 125 150 195 325 575 - - -
1885 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 175 225 350 725 1200 8000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 280 460 900 1700 - -
1885 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 200 425 750 1975 6500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 900 2350 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 787
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/8/2021 1885 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-221152227773236-11449011169132---491
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Total-221152227773236-11449011269133---493
 -0%0%0%3%4%5%1%1%6%7%-2%9%18%23%14%3%1%--- 
1885 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------43711484191---259
-----------------11---2
---------------121----4
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Total-------------43711586212---265
 -------------2%14%43%32%8%1%--- 
1885 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1113202----37
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---------------1------1
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Total-------------1114202----38
 -------------3%3%37%53%5%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20283759106248265288304330366381395489631820117317072671286131844363
23314475153254273293313342371386426536694938135120282734296935774581
000000273293313342371386426536694938135120282734296900
0000002802993213543763904585847571055152923502798307600
1885 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base28374567123272292311330354395409489586735990145024643817421746466189
314052861732792983173383684004365216368201143178829153950436051606498
0000002983173383684004365216368201143178829153950436000
0000003053243463814044625546859051297212633664084450300
1885 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3745547614729531733636040442643952478310661531236855636089665172519370
40486110019630232334437541143046761087712211810343357386276685179579839
00000032334437541143046761087712211810343357386276685100
00000033035238941943549669797213762089449859146464705100
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