1878 1C, RD MS65RD

PCGS#: 2132

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

Jaime Hernandez: The 1878 Indian Cent is one of the semi key dates in the series. From 1878 to 1909 it is the third lowest mintage as only the 1908-S and 1909-S have lower mintages. From 1864 to 1878 only four other coins in the series have lower mintages which are the 1870, 1871, 1872 and 1877. Although the 1898 Indian Cent has a similar mintage or sometimes lower than some of the earlier issues, it tends to command significantly lower prices than Indian Cents from the 1860's and early 1870's. Therefore it is somewhat of an underrated date. 

In Uncirculated grades there are probably about 1,000 examples in existence and possibly about 200 in MS65 or higher. In MS66 condition they are scarce with about two dozen known examples. In MS67 they are very scare with no more than 5 examples known and none being finer.   

Diameter: 19.00 millimeters Designer: James Barton Longacre Edge: Plain
Mintage: 5,797,500 Weight: 3.11 grams Metal Content: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 200 R-7.0 14 / 55 TIE 14 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 14 / 55 TIE 14 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 120 R-7.8 23 / 55 TIE 23 / 55 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67RD PCGS grade  
2 MS66RD PCGS grade

High Desert Collection

2 MS66RD PCGS grade

Mile High City Collection -
Heritage 8/2011:7030, $7,475

2 MS66RD PCGS grade
2 MS66RD PCGS grade