Nobody bid on this 1883 Indian cent
, so I gladly put a bid down and purchased this for $55.05. It looked like a business strike in the seller's photos. Receiving it in hand today, I realize that the luster is very minimal on the obverse, but still looks original. The reverse has little to no luster at all. In my eyes, this is either a dipped out/problem business strike, or a proof strike. Things to note: the color is even on the obverse, Longacre doubling is evident, and there is a die crack touching the F in OF that continues through AM in AMERICA. They made over 6,000 proofs this year.
Reasons for this to be a business strike:
1. Not proof quality (mirror fields, square rims, sharp strike, etc.)
Reasons for this to be a proof strike:
1. The original listing was under the "proof set" category (that is why nobody bid on it, it didn't come up on Indian Head cent
2. I believe "proof" was written in the upper right-hand corner of the 2x2 before it was crossed out
3. The lack of blazing luster found on unc strikes looks original, the coin doesn't appear to have been messed with
***If you are really feeling it, throw out a grade. I had a difficult time taking photos of this coin, so the pictures aren't crystal. Try your best! The pictures don't do the coin justice, it looks fantastic in hand. Thanks to all in advance!