Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,797,500
Catalog: KM-90a
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.11 Grams
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1878 1C MS obverse 1878 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1878 proved to be the last low mintage issue in the Indian Head series until the San Francisco cents of 1908-09. Far more would have been coined were it not for the more than eight million older cents that were reissued from the Treasury's redemption program.

This date is quite scarce in the upper circulated grades and Mint State. Examples having full red color are very rare and command substantial premiums.

Several minor varieties are noted for 1878 cents, but these are of interest primarily to variety specialists.

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Price Guide

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1878 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 27.60 34.50 60.00 115 200 200 234 240 258 270 294 306 342 384 425 690 850 - - - -
$ 230 260 260 280 300 320 340 380 420 470 760 940 - -
1878 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 318 378 450 630 1020 1560 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 350 420 500 690 1120 1720 - -
1878 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 414 540 960 2030 7310 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 460 590 1060 2230 7900 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 708
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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7/28/2013 PCGS XF 40   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 128675 $192.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base115151198255327412463515551577611635709752787925126414831735215826533228
1271662172793554294805275595886196597237638331038133715671876232328440
0000004805275595886196597237638331038133715671876232300
0000004975395685996276847377758791151141016512017248800
1878 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11515119825532741246351555157761163570982010021193161920793571428450976020
12716621727935542948052755958861965974688010651335177225763808455554040
00000048052755958861965974688010651335177225763808455500
00000049753956859962768478394111291477192530734046482600
1878 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base115151198255327412463515551577611635709990114413092414354564007487870610066
127166217279355429480527559588619659802104111991677279144966762789391590
000000480527559588619659802104111991677279144966762789300
000000497539568599627684896109212542045316854487124829900
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