Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 16,228,000
Obverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Reverse Designer: James B. Longacre
Composition: Bronze
Weight: 3.1100g
Diameter: 19mm
Edge: Plain
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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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Last Updated: 8/14/2019

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1879 1C MS BN
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 8.00 15.00 25.00 35.00 70.00 80.00 85.00 90.00 95.00 95.00 110 120 180 225 315 650 1300 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 130 190 250 345 - - -
1879 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 170 190 250 290 610 1000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 200 260 360 700 - - -
1879 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 750 1300 9000 26500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 825 2400 15500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 992
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 3/2/2021 1879 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base263221162820183833-105290975161---494
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Total263221162820183833-105290975161---494
 0%1%1%0%4%3%6%4%4%8%7%-2%11%18%20%10%1%0%--- 
1879 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------11187722410522----448
----------------1-----1
---------------2------2
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Total-----------11187722610622----451
 -----------0%0%4%17%50%24%5%---- 
1879 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------222224----50
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----------------1-----1
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Total--------------222234----51
 --------------4%43%45%8%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3737416313128229531132034236638140943755174586512462087224525163513
3738488618128630031432735037139041847561678599215262140233528483689
00000030031432735037139041847561678599215262140233500
000000306317335358376400428513680825111918072192242600
1879 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base41414572143304317336345369395409450563745891123919282078223625053500
414254961973083233393533784004234886247941007146919782131232628373675
0000003233393533784004234886247941007146919782131232600
0000003303423613864044365256848421123169820282183241500
1879 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4545548115533034236337839842643948464283814772029536771687560821910538
454863106213334349368385407430454537707105116613142596772997780899211065
00000034936838540743045453770710511661314259677299778000
00000035637339141743546958977312641845425465687429799900
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