Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,200
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 PF obverse 1879 1C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

This year kicked off a period of relatively high sales for proof cents that lasted until 1890, when interest finally receded. Small hoards of this and other dates of the 1880s remained for decades, as a few coin dealers made a point of buying the unsold pieces at the end of each year.

This date is relatively common in gem condition, though examples displaying any cameo contrast are very elusive. Two of the three obverse dies used for proof cents in 1879 reveal repunching of the date, but there seems to be little interest in collecting proofs by varieties.

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Last Updated: 8/12/2019

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1879 1C PF BN
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 150 185 235 315 630 925 1350 - - -
1879 1C PF RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 150 185 220 285 420 840 1400 1750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 545 1000 - - -
1879 1C PF RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 425 620 1100 1900 4000 - - -
1879 1C PF RDC
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2250 3750 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 389
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1879 1C PF BN
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Base------------1719303012----99
-----------------11---2
---------------1------1
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Total------------17193130131---102
 ------------1%7%19%30%29%13%1%--- 
1879 1C PF RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------117219276342---234
-----------------2----2
-----------------------
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Total-----------117219276362---236
 -----------0%0%3%9%39%32%15%1%--- 
1879 1C PF RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------59161831--52
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-----------------1----1
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Total--------------59161931--53
 --------------9%17%30%36%6%2%-- 
1879 1C PF RBC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------11-----2
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Total---------------11-----2
 ---------------50%50%----- 
1879 1C PF RDC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------11----2
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-----------------1----1
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Total----------------12----3
 ----------------33%67%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 1C PF BN
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1879 1C PF RB
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1879 1C PF RD
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Base3894064234394584774945155345565756006617299051173187823623506523857427536
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1879 1C PF BNC
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Base301317330342360372389404423442456477522570659854105114601916273930524196
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000000399416435451470507554629789985132317642464294700
1879 1C PF RBC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3363513663843984154294484664845055226007018511051134520553216440342395684
3413563723884034194354544724915105486337519171149158124423611440347205968
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1879 1C PF RDC
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1879 1C PF RBU
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1879 1C PF RDU
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Base463484502522541563584607629653674725990106613451597268831584768691875369715
47049050852854857059161463766069181310151159142919602844369454847124826210201
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0000005996216456677089011040125215132324300142316201733000
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