Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 57,180,114
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1890 1C MS obverse 1890 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

In A Guide Book of Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cents, author Rick Snow reported that the planchets used for this year's cent production were purchased from the Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, CT.

Examples are fairly common in all circulated grades, and Mint State pieces of mixed quality are likewise common. Gems are elusive, Bowers noted, due to uneven toning.

Given its large mintage, there's no surprise that cents dated 1890 have revealed numerous varieties, the best of which are recognized by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/16/2019

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1890 1C MS BN
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Base $ 2.00 3.00 4.00 10.00 20.00 30.00 35.00 40.00 50.00 55.00 65.00 75.00 100.00 135 325 600 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 110 170 - - - -
1890 1C MS RB
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 85.00 145 245 625 1900 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 170 320 - - - -
1890 1C MS RD
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 170 250 490 1650 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 827
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/19/2019 1890 1C MS BN
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Base-63-347561322-104387101213----334
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Total-63-347561322-104387101213----334
 -2 %1 %-1 %1 %2 %1 %2 %4 %7 %-3 %13 %26 %30 %6 %1 %---- 
1890 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1810422078-----420
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Total-------------1810422078-----420
 -------------4 %25 %52 %19 %----- 
1890 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------194221-----73
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Total-------------194221-----73
 -------------1 %12 %58 %29 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/22/1996 NGC MS 63   Brown Teletrade Auction 0808, 808/Lot# 126 $49.05
1/8/2003 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 5379 $5,290.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 65   Red Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 889 $1,322.50
11/22/2007 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 197, 203/Lot# 5028 $133.40
10/18/2012 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 7281 $195.05
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6597 $763.75
6/29/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 204360 $8.00
8/29/2014 PCGS XF 45   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3497, 6051/Lot# 22019 $173.90
12/10/2017 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131751/Lot# 25033 $168.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1890 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1616161624508110611513116319022023732051590814501571169918782688
16161619336089109120142172200226265385646108914901614175921480
00000089109120142172200226265385646108914901614175900
00000098112126152181210231292450777126915311656181800
1890 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20202020285489115127143179209237272463674153124012576276130764226
20202023376698119132155189218249336533960182124592638286634590
00000098119132155189218249336533960182124592638286600
0000001061231381671992282603996041245211125182699297100
1890 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base242424243259981271391591942272655027351219223352645577590364528402
2424242741721081311461712052403445808961557324353685686608671020
0000001081311461712052403445808961557324353685686608600
00000011713515218221625242365710581895425454735794626900
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