David Akers (1975/88): The 1879 is a scarce date, particularly in strictly uncirculated condition. Overall, it is similar in rarity to the 1855-1858 P-Mint issues as well as the 1863, 1864, 1869, 1870 and 1880. (However, it is not quite as rare as most of those other dates in unc.) When available, the 1879 can be anything from VF to AU. In Unc-60, the 1879 is very scarce and in choice or gem mint state the date is surprisingly rare.