Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,115,000
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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1908 S 1C MS obverse 1908 S 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Higher than normal prices in the West, a legacy of the Gold Rush economy, obviated the need for cents in that part of the country until the 1890s. More or less civilized by that time, the West saw prices fall to the point where it began ordering cents from the Treasury. After several years of petitioning by the Mint, Congress finally passed a bill in 1906 that permitted the production of minor coins (cents and nickels) at the branch mints.

San Francisco's first mintage of cents came in November of 1908, and it was a modest one. 1908-S cents were always scarce in circulation, though moderately worn examples are available in good numbers today. Hoarding during the 1920s-30s withdrew most of them before they could become severely worn like their Philadelphia counterparts.

Mint State pieces are scarce but not rare. Those having full red color are actually a pale, brassy color due to the planchets used at San Francisco. Far more common are examples having streaky, woodgrain toning such as that seen in the above specimen. Weakly struck feather tips seem to be the norm for San Francisco Mint Indian Head Cents of this and the following date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/7/2015

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1908 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 68.00 80.00 90.00 120 155 200 225 235 250 275 340 410 510 780 1100 - - - -
$ 165 210 230 240 255 300 370 440 575 - - - -
1908 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 310 390 525 785 1300 2750 - - - -
$ - - - - - 335 425 575 900 1500 - - -
1908 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 460 715 1600 3250 6350 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 850 1850 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2878
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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7/19/2000 NGC MS 61   Brown Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20074, 20074/Lot# 4044 $180.00
7/28/2008 NGC MS 63   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 269, 275/Lot# 19 $368.00
1/30/2011 PCGS VF 30   Brown Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1151 $345.00
5/29/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Brown Teletrade Auction 3074, 3074/Lot# 1052 $184.00
12/8/2011 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(4), 1162/Lot# 7330 $632.50
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 65   Red Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1454 $2,645.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 64   Red Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 574 $675.63
6/29/2014 NGC VF 30   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 202524 $70.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9426530433642351553962067469572574577489110051152148317991771220027023285
15127831536545452356663868170573275581392910541262158817991914236728960
00000056663868170573275581392910541262158817991914236700
00000059365668871573876485296711031373169417992057253500
1908 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9412316321627535139844250053758876483897411731488196928853194385246045461
104136181236300367413461512554647789883104012781648227429883413410348900
000000413461512554647789883104012781648227429883413410300
000000427481525571705813929110713831809258030913633435300
1908 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base94123163216275351398442500537588622661108114102197312642465381634074218632
104136181236300367413461512554599635801119116722507349946245701670078250
000000413461512554599635801119116722507349946245701670000
000000427481525571611648941130019352816387350036020706100
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