1863 Indian Head Cent Circulated

1863 Indian Head Cent Circulated

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The 1863 1C Indian Head Penny, a regular strike coin from the Philadelphia Mint, is a significant piece of Civil War-era numismatics. Designed by James Barton Longacre, the coin represents a time of great change in American history and is the highest mintage coin within the copper-nickel Indian cents produced from 1860 to 1864. This 1863 issue is a piece of American history. This coin was struck in the middle of the tumultuous Civil War. That same year, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which marked a critical point in American History, sending a young United States of America into a new era of equality. This is one of the best years of copper cents to have in any collection!


Product Specifications:


  • Designer: James Barton Longacre
  • Mint: Philadelphia
  • Mintage: 49,840,000
  • Metal Composition: 88% Copper, 12% Nickel
  • Diameter: 19.00 millimeters
  • Weight: 4.70 grams
  • Edge: Plain
  • Year of Issue: 1863


Design Highlights:


The coin showcases the classic Indian Head design, featuring Lady Liberty in a Native American headdress on the obverse, with the year "1863" displayed below. The reverse features a laurel wreath surrounding the "ONE CENT" denomination, with "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" encircling the wreath.


Collectibility and Appeal:


While the 1863 Indian Head Penny is relatively easy to find in circulated conditions and mint state grades up to MS64, it becomes much more elusive in MS65 or better grades. The craftsmanship of the coin is usually evident in its well-struck features, showcasing the era's minting quality. The luster of these coins can vary greatly, ranging from bright and frosty to dull, adding to the diversity and appeal for collectors.


Historical Significance:


This penny holds great appeal for numismatists due to its historical context, being minted during the heart of the Civil War. It's a tangible connection to a pivotal time in American history, making the 1863 1C Indian Head Penny a cherished item for both its aesthetic beauty and its cultural significance.

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