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: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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1879 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 7.00 12.00 18.00 35.00 70.00 80.00 85.00 90.00 95.00 100.00 110 125 180 225 315 650 1550 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 130 190 245 345 - - -
1879 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 150 175 250 350 675 1375 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 185 260 400 700 - - -
1879 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 210 375 750 1500 12250 26500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 825 2950 15500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 862
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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4/22/1996 NGC MS 65   Brown Teletrade Auction 0834, 834/Lot# 117 $152.60
9/6/2004 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 238 $184.00
11/17/2008 NGC MS 63   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 301, 307/Lot# 109 $161.00
8/25/2009 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction #29091, 29091/Lot# 20007 $230.00
11/9/2010 NGC MS 63   Brown Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10104 $128.80
1/12/2014 PCGS MS 64   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/12/2014, 180/Lot# 164017 $159.62
9/13/2015 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131538/Lot# 27019 $176.25
12/6/2015 PCGS MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131550/Lot# 25024 $188.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3737416313128229531132034236638140943755174586512462087224525163513
3738488618128630031432735037139041847561678599215262140233528480
00000030031432735037139041847561678599215262140233500
000000306317335358376400428513680825111918072192242600
1879 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base41414572143304317336345369395409450563745891123919282078223625053500
414254961973083233393533784004234886247941007146919782131232628370
0000003233393533784004234886247941007146919782131232600
0000003303423613864044365256848421123169820282183241500
1879 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4545548115533034236337839842643948464283814772029536771687560821910538
45486310621333434936838540743045453770710511661314259677299778089920
00000034936838540743045453770710511661314259677299778000
00000035637339141743546958977312641845425465687429799900
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