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

1883 1C, RB (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66RB

PCGS MS66RB

PCGS MS65RB
PCGS #:
2146
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
3.11 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
45,591,500
Metal Content:
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Auction Record:
$1,783 • NGC MS67 • 2-7-2011 • David Lawrence RC
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 675 R-5.6 25 / 55 TIE 25 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 675 R-5.6 25 / 55 TIE 25 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 80 R-8.2 19 / 55 TIE 19 / 55 TIE
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66RB PCGS grade  
1 MS66RB estimated grade  
3 MS65RB PCGS grade
3 MS65RB PCGS grade
3 MS65RB PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66RB PCGS grade  
1 MS66RB estimated grade  
3 MS65RB PCGS grade
3 MS65RB PCGS grade
3 MS65RB PCGS grade  
3 MS65RB PCGS grade  
3 MS65RB PCGS grade  
3 MS65RB PCGS grade  
3 MS65RB PCGS grade  
3 MS65RB PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Thanks to a large mintage, the 1883 Indian Head Cent is a very common coin.  The population profile matches that of the 1882 Cent almost identically, across all colors designations and all grades.

MS64 seems to be the most frequently-seen grade, whether the coin is Brown, Red-Brown or Red.  Most certified examples are Red and Brown followed by Brown (it is not always cost-effective to have most Brown Indian Head Cents certified).  Red examples are the least plentiful, but adequate quantities exist in grades MS-63 to MS-65 to satisfy collector demand.  In Red, the 1883 Indian Head Cent can be found in grades all the way up to, and including, MS67.

Collectors should seek 1883 Indian Head Cents with as much original red color and bright luster as possible, and those with the fewest carbon spots.  If cost is an object, look for Brown examples with smooth, glossy surfaces; they represent excellent values.