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1902 INDIAN HEAD CENT

PCGS Nos: 2211, 2212, 2213, 2393, 2394, 2395

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 87,374,704
Proofs: 2,018

Designer: James B. Longacre

Diameter: 19 millimeters

Metal content:
Copper - 95%
Tin and Zinc - 5%

Weight: 3.11 grams

Edge: Plain

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) below the bow of the wreath on the reverse

Recent appearances:
The First Cent Coined in 1902 at the new United States Mint in Philadelphia.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1317,illustrated, sold for $4,370.00 "Mounted in a frame with a photograph of a native American chief.  Below is a small card which states 'First cent coined/ in 1902/ at the new U.S. Mint/ Phila.' and signed John Landis/Coiner.  A fascinating item . . . originally in the collection of Wayte Raymond, the famous American dealer."

PCGS graded Proof 67 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1149, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…Another outstanding example with deep mirrors and beautiful frosty devices. Virtually perfect.", sold for $3,680.00

PCGS Proof-66 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 6205, not plated, not sold   From the Alex Highland Collection

PCGS Proof-66 Red and Brown.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6670, not illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

PCGS graded Proof 65 Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, lot 1150, illustrated, where it was described as follows: "…Bright undiminished mint color and boldly struck.", sold for $920.00

NGC Proof-65 Red.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6671, not illustrated, sold for $1,437.50

PCGS MS-65 Red.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 260, illustrated, sold for $575.00

NGC Proof-64 Red and Brown.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 283, not illustrated, sold for $184.00

Proof-63.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1420

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 175, sold for $241.50

NGC MS-66 Red.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1230, sold for $483.00

MS-65, Red.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 4092, not illustrated, sold for $57.50

PCGS MS-65, Red.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1316, not illustrated, sold for $437.00  From the Howard R. Newcomb collection of Indian Cents, purchased June 30, 1944 from J.G. Macallister

PCGS MS-65 Red.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 5914, not plated, sold for $402.50

ANACS MS-63 Red-Brown.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 243, "Die Gouge at Eye, Snow-4, Rarity-unassigned", illustrated, sold for $149.50

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 165, plated, sold for $603.75 A dramatic mint error struck fully 40% off center 

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated Brown examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-65BN's.

The finest Uncirculated Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66RB.

The finest Uncirculated Red examples graded by PCGS are 8 MS-67RD's.

The finest Proof Brown examples graded by PCGS are  3 PR-65BN's.

The finest Proof Red-Brown example graded by PCGS is a single PR-67RB.

The finest Proof Red examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-68RD's.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

 
 

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