Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,200
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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1879 1C PF obverse 1879 1C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This year kicked off a period of relatively high sales for proof cents that lasted until 1890, when interest finally receded. Small hoards of this and other dates of the 1880s remained for decades, as a few coin dealers made a point of buying the unsold pieces at the end of each year.

This date is relatively common in gem condition, though examples displaying any cameo contrast are very elusive. Two of the three obverse dies used for proof cents in 1879 reveal repunching of the date, but there seems to be little interest in collecting proofs by varieties.

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1879 1C PF Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 127 144 162 198 290 400 690 - - - -
$ - - - - - 142 161 181 220 320 440 760 - -
1879 1C PF Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 144 174 216 288 400 600 1280 1660 - - -
$ - - - - - 161 195 240 320 440 660 1410 1830 -
1879 1C PF Red
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 252 348 525 1190 1840 3970 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 280 380 580 1310 2020 4300 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 373
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


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8/9/2014 PF 66   Red, Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1208/Lot# 3128


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3/20/2000 NGC PF 66   Red Teletrade Auction 1285, 1285/Lot# 1023 $999.00
6/27/2005 NGC PF 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 110 $230.00
5/27/2007 PCGS PF 65   Red Brown Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 820 $776.25
9/27/2007 NGC PF 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2007 September Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #446, 446/Lot# 248 $431.25
11/3/2010 NGC PF 66   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 1073 $529.00
4/17/2011 PCGS PF 66   Red Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/17/2011, 111/Lot# 6980 $990.00
2/3/2014 PCGS PF 66   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1202/Lot# 3100 $1,116.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 1C PF Brown
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1879 1C PF Red Brown
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1879 1C PF Red
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1879 1C PF Brown, Cameo
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1879 1C PF Red Brown, Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3363513663843984154294484664845055226007018511051134520553216440342395684
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1879 1C PF Red, Cameo
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42544346248049851853955957960162466373083810551487214328734258562165820
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1879 1C PF Red Brown, Ultra Cameo
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Base3753894064234394584744925155345535756597649251138145021972948406444825986
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1879 1C PF Red, Ultra Cameo
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Base463484502522541563584607629653674725990106613451597268831584768691875369715
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