While the listed mintage is 30 pieces, this date is actually rarer than the lower mintage 1877 and 1878. There are only 6-7 pieces known, and only 1 piece has been certified by NGC (10/98) and 1 by PCGS (10/98). The PCGS coin is a PR 60, making this the finest certified coin, by far. An interesting sidelight is the fact that T. Harrison Garrett obtained this coin from the Philadelphia Mint in 1879. It remained in the collection until sold at auction in 1979. Population : 1 in 64, none are finer.
Ex: Garrett Collection (Bowers & Ruddy, 10/80), lot 1675; Auction '84 (Stack's session, 7/84), lot 1454. (NGC ID# 28FH, PCGS# 8819)
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