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: 6/18/2015

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1879 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 6.75 10.75 16.00 32.00 73.00 82.00 85.00 92.00 100.00 115 125 170 260 325 580 1450 - - -
$ - - - - - - 135 190 280 360 - - -
1879 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 130 175 260 340 575 1250 - - - -
$ - - - - - 140 190 285 380 675 - - -
1879 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 210 310 775 1375 11000 22750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 900 2900 15500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 828
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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6/13/2005 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #42, 46/Lot# 13 $172.50
9/19/2010 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg $483.00
2/17/2013 NGC MS 61   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131309/Lot# 20006 $141.00
5/13/2013 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 3430, 3430/Lot# 1032 $240.00
6/16/2014 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20037 $246.75
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
Base45638511515128229831132034236638140943755174586512462087167420862570
51709512719528730231432735037139041847561678599215262087181122470
00000030231432735037139041847561678599215262087181100
000000307317335358376400428513680825111918072087194900
1879 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base456385115151201230258272285298311450563745891123919283122376945105354
5170951271682112392632762893023574886247941007146923263338401647910
0000002392632762893023574886247941007146923263338401600
0000002492672812943074045256848421123169827243553426300
1879 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4563851151512012302582722852983113726448381477202953677168533862927367
51709512716821123926327628930233146370910511661314259677168565666500
00000023926327628930233146370910511661314259677168565600
00000024926728129430735255377312641845425465687168597400
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