Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,797,500
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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1878 1C MS obverse 1878 1C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1878 proved to be the last low mintage issue in the Indian Head series until the San Francisco cents of 1908-09. Far more would have been coined were it not for the more than eight million older cents that were reissued from the Treasury's redemption program.

This date is quite scarce in the upper circulated grades and Mint State. Examples having full red color are very rare and command substantial premiums.

Several minor varieties are noted for 1878 cents, but these are of interest primarily to variety specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/14/2019

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1878 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 65.00 105 160 260 285 295 300 315 335 355 370 400 450 675 1200 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 380 420 520 - - - -
1878 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 415 515 715 1000 2250 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 875 - - - -
1878 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 800 1300 2450 7500 20000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 2900 12000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 933
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/19/2019 1878 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base533181762375420313540-10375458254----540
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Total533181762375420313540-10375458254----540
 1 %6 %3 %3 %11 %7 %10 %4 %6 %6 %7 %-2 %7 %10 %11 %5 %1 %---- 
1878 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------2--14501719714----348
-----------------1----1
----------------1-----1
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Total----------2--14501719815----350
 ----------1 %--4 %14 %49 %28 %4 %---- 
1878 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------226116----45
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Total--------------226116----45
 --------------4 %58 %24 %13 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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2/21/2000 NGC MS 64   Brown Teletrade Auction 1274, 1274/Lot# 1021 $327.00
9/26/2002 NGC MS 65   Red Heritage Auctions 2002 September Long Beach Signature Sale #300, 300/Lot# 5318 $1,207.50
5/16/2005 NGC MS 65   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #39, 43/Lot# 17 $2,127.50
9/19/2010 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg $4,025.00
5/11/2014 NGC VF 25   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/11/2014, 179/Lot# 171935 $121.00
10/10/2014 NGC MS 63   Red Brown Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 14432 $387.75
4/19/2015 NGC MS 63   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131517/Lot# 27528 $305.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9812316325545069571574579383887490093395810511159153120092163232526042905
10613619432053270272576180885088391194198910871283169020602217241827040
00000072576180885088391194198910871283169020602217241800
000000735777823862891922950102011231407185021122271251100
1878 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base115135179278484741762794846893930956974101311591375188627542948315234993874
122150212347570748773811862905939962987106212311545217528193016326836240
000000773811862905939962987106212311545217528193016326800
0000007838298779189479681000111013031716246528833084338300
1878 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base127147194304519815837860903949100710301047117315051821261451587198759282528955
134163231376618822845874918968101510361089128416102085346258387329781284860
000000845874918968101510361089128416102085346258387329781200
000000852889934988102210411131139417162350431065187461803200
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