1859-1909 Indian Head Cent (Roll of 50)

1859-1909 Indian Head Cent (Roll of 50)

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Believe it or not, the Indian Head Penny was called a "Nickel" or a "Nick" until 1866, when the true 5 cent Nickel was issued. Some Indian Head Cents were referred to as "white cents" due to their color variations from their metal composition. Indian Head Cents have much lower mintages than the Lincoln Penny, making them much more difficult to find in quantity! Finding pieces that have full dates and are not corroded is not easy, so take advantage of these nice pieces while we have them. Each roll contains (50) circulated Indian Head Cents with a nice assortment of dates.

Historical Significance: The Indian Head Penny, minted from 1859 to 1909, is one of the most iconic coins in American numismatics. Designed by James Barton Longacre, the Chief Engraver at the Philadelphia Mint, this coin features the profile of Lady Liberty wearing a Native American headdress, symbolizing the nation's westward expansion. The reverse showcases a wreath encircling the denomination, to signify the strength of the Union and a call for peace during the time.

Design and Craftsmanship: The Indian Head Penny is renowned for its exquisite design and intricate details. The obverse of the coin depicts Liberty in a Native American headdress, a design that was both innovative and controversial at the time of its release. The reverse design evolved over the years, with the initial laurel wreath being replaced by an oak wreath with a shield on top in 1860, reflecting the country's growing strength.

Collection Variety: Our collection includes a wide range of Indian Head Pennies, from common dates to the highly sought-after key dates and varieties. Whether you are a seasoned collector looking for a specific year or a new enthusiast eager to start your collection, we have something for everyone.

Condition and Value: The value of an Indian Head Penny is determined by its condition, rarity, and historical significance. Our selection includes coins in various grades, from well-circulated pieces with a rich patina to stunning, uncirculated coins with sharp details and lustrous finishes. Key dates, such as the 1877 and 1909-S, are particularly valuable and sought after by collectors.

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Indian Head Penny FAQ

The Indian Head Penny was introduced in 1859, designed by James Barton Longacre, the Chief Engraver at the U.S. Mint. It replaced the Flying Eagle cent and was minted until 1909. The coin's design, featuring Lady Liberty wearing a Native American headdress, was a nod to America's westward expansion and the indigenous peoples.

The Indian Head Penny is popular due to its beautiful design, historical significance, and the challenge of completing a full collection due to its long mintage period. Its iconic status and the variety of conditions and rarities available make it a favorite among numismatists.

Key dates for an Indian Head Penny collection include the 1877 penny, known for its low mintage and high value, and the 1909-S, the final year of mintage, which also had a relatively low mintage, making these years highly sought after by collectors.

The cost of an Indian Head Penny can vary widely based on its year, condition, and rarity. Common dates in circulated condition may cost a few dollars, while key dates like the 1877 or 1909-S in high grades can fetch thousands.

You can buy Indian Head Pennies from reputable coin dealers such as Bullion Shark, numismatic auctions, online marketplaces, and coin shows. Ensure the seller is reputable, especially when purchasing more valuable or rare pennies.

To determine if your Indian Head Penny is valuable, examine its date, mint mark, condition, and any unique features. Key dates and higher grade coins are more valuable. Consulting a coin valuation guide or a professional numismatist can provide a more precise value.

When buying an Indian Head Penny, look for well-preserved coins with clear details and minimal wear. Key dates and lower mintage years offer more value, and original, uncleaned coins are typically more desirable to collectors.

Yes, there are several rare varieties of Indian Head Pennies, including the 1869/9 overdate, the 1873 doubled LIBERTY, and the 1888 last 8 over 7. These varieties can be more valuable and sought after by collectors.

Store your Indian Head Penny collection in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. Use acid-free holders, albums, or sleeves to protect the coins from environmental damage and handling.

It's extremely unlikely to find Indian Head Pennies in general circulation today due to their age and the fact that collectors have removed most from circulation. However, they can still be found in coin collections, estate sales, or purchased from coin dealers.

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