Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,115,000
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. 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: 9/18/2019

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1908 S 1C MS BN
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Base $ 75.00 90.00 100.00 135 175 190 200 230 250 270 300 350 410 490 1000 1250 - - - -
$ 180 - - - - - 320 375 440 675 - - - -
1908 S 1C MS RB
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 365 415 490 750 1250 2400 - - - -
$ - - - - - - 395 430 575 900 1550 - - -
1908 S 1C MS RD
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 900 1650 2150 4850 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1100 1850 3300 7500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 4029
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 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 1908 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-2616627611423593759611416118513213511291213----3295
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--------------11------2
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Total-2616627611423593759611416118513213511392213----3297
 -1%5%8%35%11%11%3%3%5%6%0%1%4%3%3%1%0%---- 
1908 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------5319326012612----527
-----------------1----1
---------------21-----3
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Total------------5319326212713----531
 ------------1%6%18%49%24%2%---- 
1908 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------29186244---207
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---------------1------1
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Total--------------29286244---208
 --------------1%44%41%12%2%--- 
1908 S 1C MS RDP
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Base-----------------------
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----------------1-----1
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Total----------------1-----1
 ----------------100%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 S 1C MS BN
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base20126530433642351557562067469572574577489110051152148317991969209423493324
22227831536545453559063868170573275581392910541262158818562011217926743490
00000059063868170573275581392910541262158818562011217900
00000060565668871573876485296711031373169419122052226400
1908 S 1C MS RB
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base22028832035146355162066370574578376483897411731488196928853086329836564956
243299330388492574634677718758783789883104012781648227429523157341740895204
000000634677718758783789883104012781648227429523157341700
000000649691732770783813929110713831809258030193227353700
1908 S 1C MS RD
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base255320351381489586663705745783820908990108114102197305743614634491853997116
2773303614175216126777187587958499351020119116722484349244524729507859717472
0000006777187587958499351020119116722484349244524729507800
0000006917327708088799631051130019352770392645434823523900
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