Description and Analysis
1878 1C MS
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.