Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 32,326,367
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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1908 1C MS obverse 1908 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1908 was the penultimate year of Indian Head Cent coinage, and Victor D. Brenner was already at work on its replacement. Production dropped to less than a third that of the year before, as America struggled with the aftermath of the financial Panic of 1907.

Despite its reduced mintage, the 1908 is only slightly scarcer than previous dates of that decade in circulated grades. Mint State pieces of this date are normal in availability, as the preservation of unused coins seems to have been fairly consistent from year to year. The NGC Census reveals that even fully red gems are not too difficult to locate.

This was the final year in which dates were punched into each working die by hand, and thus it is the last opportunity to find repunched dates (RPD) and misplaced dates (MPD). There are several of each, but they don't generate much interest among general collectors of the series.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/15/2015

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1908 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 1.25 2.25 2.75 5.00 12.00 22.00 25.00 28.00 30.00 38.00 45.00 55.00 90.00 175 375 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 65.00 100.00 225 - - -
1908 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 45.00 52.00 75.00 135 240 550 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 85.00 150 275 - - -
1908 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 75.00 140 260 750 1850 24000 - - -
$ - - - - - - 85.00 155 325 - 5200 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 1592
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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9/20/2015 MS 66  Red Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1224/Lot# 3117


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11/19/1997 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Teletrade Auction 0999, 999/Lot# 1046 $87.20
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 65   Red Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 917 $603.75
5/10/2010 NGC MS 65   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 478, 484/Lot# 12 $448.50
1/9/2013 NGC XF 45   Brown Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(9), 1181/Lot# 14608 $129.25
2/22/2013 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 6624 $164.50
9/29/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/29/2013, 94/Lot# 141132 $16.00
2/27/2014 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(5), 1203/Lot# 7149 $472.35
8/12/2015 PCGS MS 66   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1223/Lot# 7144 $517.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37373737374554891021151231471551832203365639491095139817612187
37373737404866931061181311501641952594126929981196151919030
00000066931061181311501641952594126929981196151900
000000779811112013915217420829748782010461297164000
1908 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base373737373745546376859816318320928846370513452335286034674164
3737373740485767798912017019223534654491816752510306236990
0000005767798912017019223534654491816752510306200
00000060728294141176200262405624113220052685326500
1908 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3737373737455463768598106131288477745145023687317393747025572
37373737404857677989101114183351566980175640187317419249920
00000057677989101114183351566980175640187317419200
000000607282941031232364146561215206256677317444700
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