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: 6/17/2013

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1908 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 65.55 77.05 87.40 100 144 144 174 192 210 234 252 270 336 396 480 730 980 - - - -
$ 161 195 215 230 260 280 300 370 440 530 800 1080 - -
1908 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 264 290 384 480 660 1090 2050 - - - -
$ - - - - - 290 320 420 530 730 1200 2260 - -
1908 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 420 610 1280 2880 5040 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 460 670 1410 3100 5400 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 2766
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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11/21/2002 PCGS MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2002 November Santa Clara Signature Sale #304, 304/Lot# 5278 $1,063.75
4/6/2006 NGC MS 66   Red Brown Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 96 $1,495.00
3/13/2011 PCGS VF 35   Brown Teletrade Auction 3029, 3029/Lot# 1075 $161.00
5/9/2011 NGC MS 65   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 582, 589/Lot# 4676 $2,213.75
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 65   Red Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 1454 $2,645.00
5/27/2012 PCGS AU 50   Brown Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 462 $195.50
9/2/2012 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 826 $347.30
9/7/2014 NGC VF 20   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 202368 $95.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base94123163216275351398442494529579611635672798925127115151771220027023285
1031361802353003664124595055455896196477148401040135216001914236728960
0000004124595055455896196477148401040135216001914236700
0000004274765175626006276597568821155143316852057253400
1908 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base941231632162753513984425005375886226616848741121153718173194385246045461
1031361802353003664124615125545996356687479561259163022763413410248890
0000004124615125545996356687479561259163022763413410200
00000042748052457161064867681010381398172327353632435300
1908 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9412316321627535139844250053758862266187010661483214733195381634074218632
10313618023530036641246151255459963573093512051704253740065700670078240
00000041246151255459963573093512051704253740065700670000
000000427480524571610648800100013441925292846936020706000
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