Coin Specifications

Category: Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,797,500
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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1878 1C MS obverse 1878 1C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1878 proved to be the last low mintage issue in the Indian Head series until the San Francisco cents of 1908-09. Far more would have been coined were it not for the more than eight million older cents that were reissued from the Treasury's redemption program.

This date is quite scarce in the upper circulated grades and Mint State. Examples having full red color are very rare and command substantial premiums.

Several minor varieties are noted for 1878 cents, but these are of interest primarily to variety specialists.

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1878 1C MS Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 28.00 35.00 62.00 120 235 255 275 290 325 365 375 465 545 800 1000 - - - -
$ 245 - - 300 - - 390 500 575 - - - -
1878 1C MS Red Brown
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 380 400 525 650 1175 2100 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1878 1C MS Red
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 475 700 1075 2150 9500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2900 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 813
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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4/2/1993 PCGS MS 64   Red Brown Heritage Auctions '93 National Gold Convention Bullet #102, 102/Lot# 35 $297.00
2/5/2006 NGC MS 65   Red Brown Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 511 $604.00
6/11/2007 NGC MS 63   Red David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 149, 154/Lot# 8 $552.00
5/22/2012 NGC XF 40   Brown Teletrade Auction 3281, 3281/Lot# 1019 $32.00
10/14/2012 PCGS MS 64   Brown Teletrade Auction 3363, 3363/Lot# 1027 $380.00
7/28/2013 PCGS XF 40   Brown GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/28/2013, 85/Lot# 128675 $192.50
4/1/2014 NGC XF 45   Brown Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7351 $205.63


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 1C MS Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9811514324442369571573577480286590093394910881200150517071843198822353152
10412417730451470272274878382387791193899511251302157217521891207025410
00000072274878382387791193899511251302157217521891207000
000000728761793844888922944104211631403164017981940215300
1878 1C MS Red Brown
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11512715926545674176278382485492094195899011731333186525252707289932264416
119138194329551748769797834876927947969105112261510208525862771300836230
000000769797834876927947969105112261510208525862771300800
000000776810844898934952979111212801688230526462835311700
1878 1C MS Red
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base127139175288507815837860903936100710301047110313931776255550495352566859987849
131151213361610822845874914960101510361066120015212036338651505457577866150
000000845874914960101510361066120015212036338651505457577800
000000852889925983102210411084129616482295421852515563588800
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