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: 3.1100g
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: 5/9/2016

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1908 S 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 70.00 85.00 100.00 125 165 210 215 230 260 270 285 350 390 475 800 1150 - - - -
$ 165 - - - - - 300 365 415 540 - - - -
1908 S 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 285 305 380 535 850 1450 3050 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 410 575 1100 1650 - - -
1908 S 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 485 715 1650 2750 7000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 850 2350 4250 10000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3154
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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12/9/1998 NGC MS 64   Brown Teletrade Auction 1113, 1113/Lot# 1063 $261.60
4/1/2003 NGC MS 64   Brown Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #23042, 23042/Lot# 13053 $299.00
12/22/2008 NGC MS 64   Red Brown David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 312, 318/Lot# 144 $431.25
2/6/2011 NGC XF 40   Brown Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 211023/Lot# 24030 $115.00
5/15/2011 NGC MS 63   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/15/2011, 115/Lot# 8778 $480.70
9/2/2012 PCGS MS 63   Red Brown Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 826 $347.30
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 65   Red Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12105 $2,351.18
2/3/2014 PCGS MS 63   Brown Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 7111 $440.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 S 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20126530433642351557562067469572574577489110051152148317991969209423493324
22227831536545453559063868170573275581392910541262158818562011217926740
00000059063868170573275581392910541262158818562011217900
00000060565668871573876485296711031373169419122052226400
1908 S 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base22028832035146355162066370574578376483897411731488196928853086329836564956
243299330388492574634677718758783789883104012781648227429523157341740890
000000634677718758783789883104012781648227429523157341700
000000649691732770783813929110713831809258030193227353700
1908 S 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base255320351381489586663705745783820908990108114102197305743614634491853997116
2773303614175216126777187587958499351020119116722484349244524729507859710
0000006777187587958499351020119116722484349244524729507800
0000006917327708088799631051130019352770392645434823523900
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