Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 16,228,000
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 MS obverse 1879 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1879 is the first of the long series of "common" Indian Head Cents that finish out the series (excluding, of course, the 1908-S and 1909-S cents). The United States economy grew at such a rate after the 1870s that even the reissue of redeemed, older cents could not diminish the demand for millions of additional pieces annually.

Well stuck and lustrous Mint State pieces are fairly plentiful, as are circulated examples in the mid grades.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/17/2013

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1879 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 5.75 9.20 15.00 30.00 67.00 67.00 73.00 77.00 80.00 83.00 86.00 88.80 96.00 132 225 281 520 1140 - - -
$ 75.00 82.00 86.00 90.00 93.00 95.00 99.00 108 148 250 310 570 1250 -
1879 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 115 144 234 300 425 1200 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 129 161 260 330 470 1320 - -
1879 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 180 288 550 1375 10000 22750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 202 320 610 2250 13750 24600 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 810
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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1/13/1999 PCGS MS 64   Red Teletrade Auction 1123, 1123/Lot# 1031 $305.20
9/26/2005 NGC MS 66   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2005 September Long Beach Online Session #385, 385/Lot# 7230 $431.25
1/3/2007 PCGS MS 66   Red Heritage Auctions 2007 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #422, 422/Lot# 796 $16,100.00
3/10/2009 NGC MS 65   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Rocket Sale - Internet Auction # 347, 353/Lot# 10156 $293.25
9/19/2010 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg $483.00
6/30/2014 NGC MS 64   Brown Stack's Bowers iAuction 3488, 6037/Lot# 20039 $141.00
7/20/2014 NGC   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/20/2014, 197/Lot# 208279 $39.35


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45638511515120123025827228529831131733640653268611211326167420862570
51709512716721023926227628930231332335944858383111891442181122470
00000023926227628930231332335944858383111891442181100
00000024826728029330631532938249063497612571558194800
1879 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base45638511515120123025827228529831137238943960284417813122376945105354
517095127167210239262276289302331377405493682115622283337401647910
000000239262276289302331377405493682115622283337401600
000000248267280293306351383422547763146826753553426300
1879 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base456385115151201230258272285298311372644752974161923424496533862927367
5170951271672102392622762893023314626808261189186030604776565666500
0000002392622762893023314626808261189186030604776565600
0000002482672802933063515537169001404210137785057597400
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