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

1886 1C Variety 1, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN
PCGS #:
2154
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
3.11 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
17,650,000
Metal Content:
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Auction Record:
$1,645 • PCGS MS66 • 12-5-2013 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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All Grades 4,000 R-4.2 13 / 55 TIE 13 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 130 R-7.7 14 / 55 TIE 14 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 4 / 55 TIE 4 / 55 TIE
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Ron Guth: In 1886, Mint officials made a change in the obverse hub for the Indian Cent, most evident in the position of the word AMERICA relative to the Indian's head.  On Variety 1, the lowest feather points between the I and the C of AMERICA; on Variety 2, the lowest feather points between the C and the final A.

Both varieties are of nearly equal scarcity, but the Variety 2 appears to be slightly more rare.  Both varieties are scarce in Gem condition, both are very rare in MS-66, and none have been graded higher by PCGS (as of October 2015).