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Indian Head (1859-1909)

The Indian Head one cent coin was produced by the United States Mint from 1859 to 1909. It was designed by James Barton Longacre, the engraver at the Philadelphia Mint. more...

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The obverse of the coin shows "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA", the head of a Native American wearing a feather head dress, and the year of production. The word "LIBERTY" appears on the band of the head dress.

The coin's reverse side shows "ONE CENT" within an oak wreath (a laurel wreath before 1860), with three arrows inserted under the ribbon that binds the two branches of the wreath. Between the ends of the branches is the shield of the United States.

Composition

The coins struck between 1859 and 1864 contained 88% copper and 12% nickel, as required by law. In 1864, the weight of the coins was reduced from 72 grains to the present weight of 48 grains, and the alloy changed to 95% copper and 5% tin and zinc. Research in 1863 indicated that bronze was an excellent alloy for minor coins, and so the copper-nickel alloy was discontinued. Another possible contributing factor for the alloy change was the whitish color of the early cents, which combined with their size was enough to confuse many merchants into thinking they were dimes, much as more recent cashiers shunned the Susan B. Anthony (minted 1979-1981) dollar coin for having dimensions similar to a quarter. In any event, total production of the Indian Head cent was 1,849,648,000 pieces.

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1888 Indian Cent Pcgs Pr64 Bn, Scarce Proof with Red and Green Colors1888 Indian Cent Pcgs Pr64 Bn, Scarce Proof with Red and Green Colors $299.95 1906 Indian Head Penny "Brilliant Uncirculated" Brown (4 Full Diamonds)1906 Indian Head Penny "Brilliant Uncirculated" Brown (4 Full Diamonds) $51.00
1897 Indian Head Cent Nice Coin (346)1897 Indian Head Cent Nice Coin (346) $6.50 1864 Small Cent Indian Head Penny 1c (2077.d1655) Vf Very Fine with L Corrosion1864 Small Cent Indian Head Penny 1c (2077.d1655) Vf Very Fine with L Corrosion $74.99
Wholesale of Vintage/Antique Us Barber Quarter Dollar Coins In 2 X 2'sWholesale of Vintage/Antique Us Barber Quarter Dollar Coins In 2 X 2's $50.00 1904 Indian Head Penny In Very Good Condition A-22(See Pictures)1904 Indian Head Penny In Very Good Condition A-22(See Pictures) $2.49
1860 Indian Head Cent Condition.Xf/Au Pp1201860 Indian Head Cent Condition.Xf/Au Pp120 $42.00 1908 S ☆ Pcgs Vf25 ☆ Indian Head1908 S ☆ Pcgs Vf25 ☆ Indian Head $105.00
1904 Indian Head Cent Gem Bu Pcgs Ms-64Rb. Flashy, Orginal, and So Very Nice!1904 Indian Head Cent Gem Bu Pcgs Ms-64Rb. Flashy, Orginal, and So Very Nice! $259.00 A Vintage Very Good Condition 1887 Indian Head Cent Coin-Sep011A Vintage Very Good Condition 1887 Indian Head Cent Coin-Sep011 $4.84 Was: $8.49
$12.00 1908-S Indian Head Cent Pcgs Xf40 2232.40/80642793 Rare!1908-S Indian Head Cent Pcgs Xf40 2232.40/80642793 Rare! $169.99
Very Fine Condition 1897 Indian Head Cent-Old Us Coin-Sep025Very Fine Condition 1897 Indian Head Cent-Old Us Coin-Sep025 $6.24 Was: $10.95 Classic Usa Indian Penny Pendant on up to a 30" 925 Sterling Silver ChainClassic Usa Indian Penny Pendant on up to a 30" 925 Sterling Silver Chain $17.71 Was: $38.49
Very Fine Plus Condition 1897 Indian Head Cent-Old Us Coin-Sep027Very Fine Plus Condition 1897 Indian Head Cent-Old Us Coin-Sep027 $6.77 Was: $11.88 A Fine Condition 1895 Indian Head Cent-Old Us Coin-Sep018A Fine Condition 1895 Indian Head Cent-Old Us Coin-Sep018 $5.12 Was: $8.98
A Good Condition Better Date 1885 Indian Head Cent Coin-Sep002A Good Condition Better Date 1885 Indian Head Cent Coin-Sep002 $8.54 Was: $14.98 1884 Indian Head One Cent *Z281884 Indian Head One Cent *Z28 $24.95
1864 Copper Nickel Indian Head Cent Xf Weak Strike #S1864 Copper Nickel Indian Head Cent Xf Weak Strike #S $13.50 1899 Indian Head Cent1899 Indian Head Cent $2.85
1904 Indian Cent Pcgs Ms65 Rb - Looks Full Red!1904 Indian Cent Pcgs Ms65 Rb - Looks Full Red! $289.95 A Vintage Very Fine Condition 1890 Indian Head Cent Coin-Sep013A Vintage Very Fine Condition 1890 Indian Head Cent Coin-Sep013 $6.83 Was: $11.99
1892 Indian Head Cent Uncirculated High End Mint State Original Rb Coin #61191892 Indian Head Cent Uncirculated High End Mint State Original Rb Coin #6119 $220.50 Was: $245.00 1907 1C Bn Indian Cent Au1907 1C Bn Indian Cent Au $13.00
2014-P 50C Silver 50th Anniversary Set Dc (Proof) Kennedy Half Dollar Low Mint2014-P 50C Silver 50th Anniversary Set Dc (Proof) Kennedy Half Dollar Low Mint $29.95 1904 Indian Head Cent Uncirculated High End Mint State Red Rd Us Coin #91661904 Indian Head Cent Uncirculated High End Mint State Red Rd Us Coin #9166 $125.10 Was: $139.00
Circulated 1864 Cn Indian Head Cent Grading Net Good H389Circulated 1864 Cn Indian Head Cent Grading Net Good H389 $18.00 (4) Different High-Grade Indian Head Cents / Pennies - 1890, 1897, 1901, + 1909(4) Different High-Grade Indian Head Cents / Pennies - 1890, 1897, 1901, + 1909 $99.00
1901-1902-1903 Indian Head Cent / 3 coin set check photo's.1901-1902-1903 Indian Head Cent / 3 coin set check photo's. $12.00 1906 Indian Head Penny "Au"1906 Indian Head Penny "Au" $30.00
A Vintage Good Condition 1887 Indian Head Cent Coin-Sep010A Vintage Good Condition 1887 Indian Head Cent Coin-Sep010 $4.10 Was: $7.19 (250) 1c Indian Head Cents, Cull, Five Full Rolls, Mixed Dates, Mixed Condition(250) 1c Indian Head Cents, Cull, Five Full Rolls, Mixed Dates, Mixed Condition $119.99
Lot Of 6 United States Indian Pennies 1899 1901 1905 1906 1907 1908Lot Of 6 United States Indian Pennies 1899 1901 1905 1906 1907 1908 $25.00 1908 Indian Head Cent Gem Bu Pcgs Ms-64Rb. Red, Original, A Very Nice Coin!1908 Indian Head Cent Gem Bu Pcgs Ms-64Rb. Red, Original, A Very Nice Coin! $239.00
Usa 1 Cent 1873 Pretty High Grade! Liberty Fully Readable. Nice Even Tone. L@K!Usa 1 Cent 1873 Pretty High Grade! Liberty Fully Readable. Nice Even Tone. L@K! $125.00 Mixed Wheat Indian Penny Shotgun Roll With An Indian Head Cent End! 50 Coins TyMixed Wheat Indian Penny Shotgun Roll With An Indian Head Cent End! 50 Coins Ty $1.25
1864 Indian Head Cent,Pcgs & Cac Ms65 Bn Bronze:Crisp Detail Liberty & Headdress1864 Indian Head Cent,Pcgs & Cac Ms65 Bn Bronze:Crisp Detail Liberty & Headdress $645.00 Roll Set Of Indian Head Cents 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 400 CoinsRoll Set Of Indian Head Cents 1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905 1906 1907 400 Coins $359.99
1908 S Indian Head Cent Grading Chocolate Brown Au+ A641908 S Indian Head Cent Grading Chocolate Brown Au+ A64 $202.50 Fine/Very Fine Condition 1906 Indian Head Cent-Old Us Coin-Sep035Fine/Very Fine Condition 1906 Indian Head Cent-Old Us Coin-Sep035 $3.93 Was: $6.89
Secondhandstore2011~ 1824 1C Rb Coronet Head Cent Decent Worn CoinSecondhandstore2011~ 1824 1C Rb Coronet Head Cent Decent Worn Coin $17.99 1908 Indian Cent Pcgs Ms64Rb ~ Red Brown 1c (28485538) Almost Full Red!1908 Indian Cent Pcgs Ms64Rb ~ Red Brown 1c (28485538) Almost Full Red! $130.00
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