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SERIES: Indian Cents 1859-1909
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1879 1C, BN (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN

PCGS MS65BN
PCGS #:
2133
Diameter:
19.00 millimeters
Designer:
James Barton Longacre
Weight:
3.11 grams
Edge:
Plain
Mintage:
16,228,000
Metal Content:
95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
Auction Record:
$1,156 • NGC MS67 • 2-15-2010 • Bowers & Merena
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 4,000 R-4.2 13 / 55 TIE 13 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 33 / 55 TIE 33 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 8 R-9.6 8 / 55 TIE 8 / 55 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN estimated grade  
1 MS66BN estimated grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66BN estimated grade  
1 MS66BN estimated grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN PCGS grade  
2 MS65BN estimated grade  
2 MS65BN estimated grade  
2 MS65BN estimated grade  
2 MS65BN estimated grade  

Jaime Hernandez: The 1879 Indian Cent is one of the semi key dates in the series, as it does have one of the lower mintages. Additionally, it also commands a slight premium over common dates in most grades. In lower Uncirculated grades the 1879 Indian Cent is easily available. Only in MS65 or higher does it become very scarce with a few hundred examples known. In MS66, it is very tough with no more than few dozen in existence. In MS67 it is really scarce with about a handful known.