Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 45,223,523
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1887 1C MS obverse 1887 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

A reliable supplier of good quality planchets was found in 1887, and normal cent production resumed for the first time since 1884. The result was an outpouring of cents in numbers not seen for the past several years. This date is common in all grades short of fully red gem.

One of the more popular Indian Head varieties is found for this date. FS-101 (Snow-1) has distinct doubling on the right side of the obverse, most notably in OF AMERICA.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/15/2019

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1887 1C MS BN
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Base $ 3.00 4.00 5.00 10.00 25.00 35.00 40.00 50.00 55.00 65.00 75.00 90.00 130 200 365 630 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 140 230 400 - - -
1887 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 110 200 290 785 950 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 220 350 850 - - -
1887 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 200 360 775 2000 8000 30000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 900 2850 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 756
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/12/2019 1887 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-16421078661535-16517092234----365
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Total-16421078661535-16517092234----365
 -4 %1 %1 %3 %2 %2 %2 %2 %4 %10 %-4 %14 %19 %25 %6 %1 %---- 
1887 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------1-2481153596----324
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---------------1------1
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Total-----------1-2481154596----325
 -----------0 %-7 %25 %47 %18 %2 %---- 
1887 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------12382033---67
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----------------2-----2
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Total-------------12382233---69
 -------------1 %3 %55 %32 %4 %4 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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6/15/2008 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 2543, 2543/Lot# 1033 $156.80
9/17/2009 NGC MS 63   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 411, 417/Lot# 5034 $103.50
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 65   Red Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 723 $1,006.25
8/30/2013 PCGS XF 45   Brown Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4218 $188.00
1/5/2014 NGC MS 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131402/Lot# 22728 $105.75
2/3/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 7107 $440.63
6/29/2014 PCGS   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 195/Lot# 204358 $28.06
11/2/2017 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1261/Lot# 16623 $5,040.00
12/5/2018 NGC MS 62   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131850/Lot# 23030 $69.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1887 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1616162028728911513515920121222025542352784713331447156817762555
16161723437898122143173205215232311458634100913711487163720360
00000098122143173205215232311458634100913711487163700
000000106128151187208217243367492740117114091528170700
1887 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20202024328198127147179220255272336463838139317531893204022923226
2020212748871081341581932322612933785881023151318001942212426030
0000001081341581932322612933785881023151318001942212400
0000001171401682062432663154217131208163318461991220800
1887 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base24242428378910614316319424127829547780214502268491284288869961012203
242425315495118150173210253284356585101817233149608485759116104740
00000011815017321025328435658510181723314960848575911600
00000013115618422526628941669412341995403172568722936300
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