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SERIES: Indian Cents 1859-1909
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1882 1C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN
PCGS #:
2142
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
3.11 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
38,578,000
Metal Content:
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Auction Record:
$431 • NGC MS65 • 5-1-2003 • Heritage
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 4,000 R-4.2 13 / 55 TIE 13 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 150 R-7.5 18 / 55 TIE 18 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 45 R-8.6 51 / 55 51 / 55
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1882 Indian Head Cent is a very common coin in all grades, up to (and including) MS65.  MS66 examples are scarce, and the finest examples certified by PCGS are a pair of MS67s.  The typical 1882 Cent is well-struck, but some examples display surface granularity that develops as the dies wear.  Luster is good and the original color appears to be full red or an orange-red.

Brown examples are plentiful, though the PCGS Population Report shows a smaller number than in the Red-Brown or Red categories.  This is because certification adds little value to Brown examples. 

Likewise, Red-Brown examples are also plentiful, with the bulk of the population falling into the MS64 category.

Red examples are more scarce than Red-Brown examples, but collectors still have access to a fairly good supply of 1882 Cents in MS64RD and MS65RD.