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
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 35.00 62.00 120 235 235 255 275 290 325 345 365 375 465 545 800 1000 - - - -
$ 245 265 280 300 330 355 370 390 500 575 - - - -
1878 1C MS Red Brown
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 380 400 525 650 1175 2100 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1878 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 475 700 1075 2150 9500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 2900 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 760
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 66


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9/10/2006 NGC MS 64   Red Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 11 $690.00
8/24/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Teletrade Auction 2912, 2912/Lot# 1001 $19.00
1/30/2011 NGC Details VG Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 211022/Lot# 22029 $16.00
6/3/2012 NGC VF 35   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/03/2012, 25/Lot# 54717 $102.85
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1148 $829.55
10/6/2013 NGC AU 53   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131342/Lot# 26006 $246.75
12/29/2013 PCGS MS 65   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 784, 793/Lot# 10 $975.00
1/26/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   Brown Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 933 $282.00
6/3/2014 PCGS MS 64   Brown Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 3520 $364.25
6/29/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131427/Lot# 22005 $135.13


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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