Description and Analysis
1888 1C PF
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.