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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1878 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 35.00 62.00 120 235 255 275 290 325 365 375 465 545 800 1000 - - - -
$ 245 - - 300 - - 390 500 575 - - - -
1878 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 380 400 525 650 1175 2100 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1878 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 475 700 1075 2150 9500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2900 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 782
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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9/29/2003 PCGS MS 63   Brown Teletrade Auction 1786, 1786/Lot# 1007 $231.00
1/7/2004 PCGS MS 66   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 4293 $2,012.50
4/25/2005 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Richmond Sale, Internet-Only Auction, 40/Lot# 11 $299.00
9/10/2006 NGC MS 64   Red Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 11 $690.00
6/26/2008 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2008 June West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature Coin Auction #1110, 1110/Lot# 149 $1,840.00
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7349 $675.63
5/11/2014 NGC VF 25   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 171935 $121.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11515119825542369571573577480286590093394910881200150517071735215826533228
12716721731151470272274878382387791193899511251302157217161876232328450
00000072274878382387791193899511251302157217161876232300
000000728761793844888922944104211631403164017262017248800
1878 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11515119825532741246351555157761163595899011731333186525253571428450976020
127167217279355429480527560588619743969105112261510208528743809455554050
000000480527560588619743969105112261510208528743809455500
000000498539568600627850979111212801688230532224046482600
1878 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1151511982553274124635155515776116357091103139317762555504964007487870610066
127167217279355429480527560588619660840120015212036338654996762789391590
000000480527560588619660840120015212036338654996762789300
000000498539568600627684972129616482295421859507125830000
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