Extraordinary Full Red Gem 1878 Proof Cent1878 Indian Cent. Snow-PR4. Proof-67 RD (PCGS). OGH.Here is an exquisite condition rarity that will please even the most particular Proof Indian cent enthusiast. This is a virtually pristine coin, as the Superb Gem rating from PCGS would suggest. Both sides have a silky smooth texture that is devoid of even the most trivial blemishes. Handsome deep orange color blankets surfaces that are modestly semi-reflective in the fields, satiny over the devices. The strike is razor sharp throughout and the visual appeal is strong.The year 1878 is significant in the small cent series for it is the first in which mintage figures for Proof minor coins are included in the Annual Report of the Director of the Mint. Prior to 1878 the Mint did not record the number of such coins produced, leaving numismatic scholars to estimate mintages based on the number of silver Proof sets produced (Proof mintages for silver coins were first recorded in 1859). According to the mint director's report, 2,350 Proof cents were struck in 1878. Rick Snow (2014) has identified six die varieties for this issue, and the typical survivor is well made with strong technical quality. The present Superb Gem offers remarkable eye appeal, and ranks as the finest Proof 1878 Indian cent known to PCGS. Ideal for an advanced Proof Indian cent, especially one competing for top honors on the Set Registry.Provenance: From the ESM Collection. Earlier from Heritage's sale of the Estate of Robert R. Rollins Collection, Part Three, July-August 2008 ANA Signature Auction, lot 1548; our (Bowers and Merena's) Baltimore Auction of November 2008, lot 1231.PCGS Population: 1; 0 finer in this category.PCGS# 2323. NGC ID: 229X.Click here for certification details from PCGS.