Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 37,489,832
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
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.

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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Last Updated: 8/15/2019

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1888 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 2.00 3.00 5.00 10.00 25.00 35.00 40.00 50.00 60.00 75.00 90.00 100.00 140 285 500 1150 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 115 170 320 - - - -
1888 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 125 160 200 350 1100 1850 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 475 1300 - - -
1888 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 400 750 2250 12000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 500 1000 3300 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 890
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

The chart showing PrAg series, 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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/3/2019 1888 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base130151119777162046-15629010830551--495
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Total130151119777162046-15629010830551--495
 0 %6 %3 %2 %4 %1 %1 %1 %3 %4 %9 %-3 %13 %18 %22 %6 %1 %1 %0 %-- 
1888 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------11493166697----350
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----------------2-----2
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Total------------11493166717----352
 ------------0 %4 %26 %47 %20 %2 %---- 
1888 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------319193----44
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Total--------------319193----44
 --------------7 %43 %43 %7 %---- 
1888 1C MS RBP
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------1-----1
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Total----------------1-----1
 ----------------100 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 65   Red Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 887 $2,645.00
4/22/2008 PCGS MS 64   Red Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL US Coin Final Session #1105, 1105/Lot# 7145 $805.00
8/18/2008 NGC MS 66   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 275, 281/Lot# 39 $1,840.00
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 7276 $235.00
2/4/2013 NGC MS 63   Brown Teletrade Auction 3416, 3416/Lot# 1140 $423.00
6/23/2014 NGC MS 63   Red Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3487, 6036/Lot# 20022 $164.50
7/27/2014 NGC   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/27/2014, 201/Lot# 208429 $21.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base161616202894102119131151220272288395539793133314471568169619172740
161617235097108123138174237277324443624973137114871611177021910
000000108123138174237277324443624973137114871611177000
0000001131271441972552833594917081153140915281653184300
1888 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20202024321021151311431672412954095637251173177624012576276130764226
20202127551061201351511922593334606178741374198424592638286634590
0000001201351511922593334606178741374198424592638286600
00000012613915921627737151267110241575219325182699297100
1888 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base242424283711512714330118326232044260494915052727536710074105781142014356
242425316311913219630120928136149671911341912360769361024210859123990
0000001321963012092813614967191134191236076936102421085900
0000001382483012363014015508341320232044878505104101113900
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