Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 57,180,114
Catalog: KM-90a
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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 such as that seen in the coin illustrated. This specimen also displays die-clash lines on its reverse, Liberty's inverted profile being seen below letter C of CENT.

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.

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1890 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1.35 2.50 3.50 7.25 13.00 26.00 28.00 32.00 40.00 55.00 60.00 85.00 155 350 750 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 95.00 175 400 - - -
1890 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 60.00 70.00 135 225 825 1900 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 150 300 - - - -
1890 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 150 255 560 1650 10500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 300 750 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 724
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 66


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3/24/1999 NGC MS 64   Brown Teletrade Auction 1146, 1146/Lot# 1067 $87.20
9/13/2000 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20093, 20093/Lot# 3040 $215.00
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 23 $126.50
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1116 $149.50
10/18/2012 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1175/Lot# 3195 $1,410.00
7/20/2014 NGC MS 65   Red GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/20/2014, 197/Lot# 202514 $880.00
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 5185 $470.00
11/7/2014 NGC MS 63   Red Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3507, 6061/Lot# 23048 $58.75
3/27/2016 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131614/Lot# 21304 $141.00


NGC Registry

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