1905 Indian Head Cent Circulated

1905 Indian Head Cent Circulated

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The 1905 1C Indian Head Penny, produced as a regular strike at the Philadelphia Mint, is part of the esteemed Indian Head cent series. This series is well-known for its representation of Lady Liberty in a Native American headdress, a design conceived by James Barton Longacre. The 1905 edition is a particularly accessible coin for collectors due to its very high mintage.


Product Specifications:


  • Designer: James Barton Longacre
  • Mint: Philadelphia
  • Mintage: 80,717,011
  • Metal Composition: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
  • Diameter: 19.00 millimeters
  • Weight: 3.11 grams
  • Edge: Plain
  • Year of Issue: 1905


Design Highlights:


The obverse of the 1905 Indian Head Penny features the iconic Indian Head design, with Lady Liberty wearing a headdress inscribed with "LIBERTY" and the year "1905" below. The reverse showcases a wreath around the "ONE CENT" denomination, enclosed by "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA."


Collectibility and Rarity:


The 1905 Indian Head Cent is very common, with an abundance of Mint State coins available on the market, though there are even more common dates within the series. The Red-Brown (RB) examples are the most abundant, due in part to the fact that Brown (BN) coins are often not submitted for grading. Red (RD) examples are less common than Red-Brown but are typically found in nicer condition. Despite the commonality of this date, Superb Gem quality coins, especially those in full red, are scarce. Collectors should look for coins with smooth surfaces and sharp details, which are readily available due to the coin's affordability in most grades.


Collector's Appeal:


The 1905 1C Indian Head Penny is an excellent opportunity for collectors to acquire a piece of early 20th-century American history. Its prevalence in a variety of conditions and colors makes it a versatile choice for both those starting their collections and seasoned numismatists looking for specific quality traits in a coin. The affordability of this date allows collectors the luxury of being selective, ensuring they can add a coin to their collection that meets their exact standards.

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