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: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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1885 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 6.00 8.00 15.00 28.00 65.00 75.00 80.00 95.00 100.00 110 115 140 185 300 540 950 2350 - - -
$ - - - - - - 120 150 205 350 575 - - -
1885 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 135 175 260 415 775 1600 7500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 290 475 900 - - -
1885 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 200 340 750 1575 7350 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1000 2750 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 674
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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3/29/1999 NGC MS 63   Brown Teletrade Auction 1148, 1148/Lot# 1036 $141.70
9/15/2003 PCGS MS 64   Red Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 85 $667.00
7/17/2006 NGC MS 65   Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 96, 101/Lot# 75 $253.00
5/27/2012 NGC MS 67   Red Brown Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1008 $6,435.00
2/3/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   Brown Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 592 $103.50
6/29/2014 PCGS   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 195/Lot# 204349 $53.00
10/10/2014 PCGS MS 64   Brown Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14434 $182.13
6/12/2016 PCGS Genuine AU   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131625/Lot# 25340 $61.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20283759106248265288304330366381395489631820117317072671286131844363
23314475153254273293313342371386426536694938135120282734296935770
000000273293313342371386426536694938135120282734296900
0000002802993213543763904585847571055152923502798307600
1885 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base28374567123272292311330354395409489586735990145024643817421746466189
314052861732792983173383684004365216368201143178829153950436051600
0000002983173383684004365216368201143178829153950436000
0000003053243463814044625546859051297212633664084450300
1885 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3745547614729531733636040442643952478310661531236855636089665172519370
40486110019630232334437541143046761087712211810343357386276685179570
00000032334437541143046761087712211810343357386276685100
00000033035238941943549669797213762089449859146464705100
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