Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,582
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 PF obverse 1888 1C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of proof cents for 1888 returned to the high level of 1886, yet this has had little effect on the availability of gems. Fully red gems and coins having noticeable cameo contrast are quite elusive.

The indifferent striking typical of many proof coins from the late 1880s also affected the 1888 cents, though the piece shown here is quite bold. In his Guide Book, Rick Snow attributed such incomplete striking to a single blow from the press, but it's impossible to know for certain.

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Last Updated: 8/9/2019

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1888 1C PF BN
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1888 1C PF RB
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1888 1C PF RD
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 312
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1888 1C PF BN
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Base------------111386649224---191
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Total------------111386650234---193
 ------------1%6%20%34%26%12%2%--- 
1888 1C PF RB
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Base-------------425413610----116
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Total-------------425413611----117
 -------------3%21%35%31%9%---- 
1888 1C PF RD
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Base--------------1111----4
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Total--------------1111----4
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1888 1C PF RBC
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Base---------------1------1
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Total---------------1------1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 1C PF BN
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1888 1C PF RB
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1888 1C PF RD
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1888 1C PF BNC
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1888 1C PF RBC
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1888 1C PF RDC
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1888 1C PF RBU
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1888 1C PF RDU
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000000319939857170576184011482616490369079477129631421300
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