Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,336
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1889 1C PF obverse 1889 1C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The speculative high sales of proof coins which typified the 1880s began to recede in 1889, and mintages of proof Indian Head Cents never again cracked the 3000 barrier through the end of the series.

The U. S. Mint's pattern of poorly made proof coins continued in 1889, and it's not unusual to find this issue with incomplete details. Evident in the example illustrated is another oddity of this date: A die-clash impression of Liberty's inverted profile may be seen within and below letter C of CENT. Coining proofs from clashed dies was an unforgiveable lapse, but it gives these coins a unique charm.

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Last Updated: 8/9/2019

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1889 1C PF BN
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 170 190 210 255 375 500 995 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 425 - 1300 - -
1889 1C PF RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 205 280 475 615 1500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 550 820 - - -
1889 1C PF RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 250 485 1250 2450 4450 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 297
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/1/2020 1889 1C PF BN
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Base-----------234215947283---167
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Total-----------234216048293---170
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1889 1C PF RB
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Base-------------516493014----114
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Total-------------516503014----115
 -------------4%14%43%26%12%---- 
1889 1C PF RD
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Base-------------13732----16
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Total-------------13732----16
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 1C PF BN
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1889 1C PF RB
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1889 1C PF RD
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1889 1C PF BNC
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1889 1C PF RBC
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00000031232533764735065837279341231163423013234357100
1889 1C PF RDC
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1889 1C PF RBU
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1889 1C PF RDU
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Base33333333258392560659672806122517813733560473671029133
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000000388302448593663716945141024314356619183411029100
00000031733475046266677611085159530824980677993161029100
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