1882 1C, RD MS65RD Certification #80588052, PCGS #2144

Expert Comments

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.

19.00 millimeters
James Barton Longacre
3.11 grams
Metal Content
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
The United States of America
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 400 R-6.2 31 / 55 TIE 31 / 55 TIE
All Grades 400 R-6.2 31 / 55 TIE 31 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 180 R-7.2 33 / 55 TIE 33 / 55 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+RD PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2005:10096, $35,937.50

2 MS67RD PCGS grade

Joshua & Ally Walsh Collection - Heritage 1/2006:3062, $25,300 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2080, $21,850

3 MS66+RD PCGS grade
4 MS66RD PCGS grade MS66RD PCGS grade
4 MS66RD PCGS grade MS66RD PCGS grade