Indian Head Pennies (1859-1909)
1864-1909 Indian Head Cents Average Circulated
|1 - 49||$2.29|
|50 - 99||$2.09|
1860 Indian Head Cent MS-66+ PCGS (Pointed Bust)
1862 Indian Head Cent MS-64 NGC
1864-L Indian Head Cent VF-35 PCGS
1864 Indian Head Cent MS-62 NGC (Brown, Bronze L)
1864 Indian Head Cent MS-64 PCGS (Red/Brown Bronze)
1864 Indian Head Cent MS-65 NGC CAC (Red/Brown, Bronze)
1864 Indian Head Cent MS-67+ NGC (Red, Bronze)
1864 Indian Head Cent PR-64 PCGS (Red/Brown, Bronze)
1868 Indian Head Cent MS-66 PCGS (Red)
1871 Indian Head Cent MS-65 NGC CAC (Red/Brown)
1872 Indian Head Cent Good-4 NGC
1872 Indian Head Cent VG-10 NGC
Indian Head PenniesThe second of the U.S. “small cents,” the Indian Head is one of the most popular U.S. coins ever struck. The obverse features Liberty wearing a feathered headdress, while the reverse depicts a wreath encircling the words “one cent.”
Minted between 1859 and 1909, these popular pennies came in various metals. In 1859, a copper-nickel cent with a laurel wreath reverse was first minted. It was followed by a copper-nickel oak wreath cent that was minted between 1860 and 1864. During 1864, both copper-nickel and bronze pennies were minted. Finally, bronze pennies were minted between 1864 and the end of this series in 1909.
Collect Indian Head PenniesFor collectors, part of the value of the Indian Penny lies in the years in which it was minted. Due to its introduction just prior to the outbreak of the Civil War, this coin is often thought of as a tangible part of American history. For this reason, you may note that many of the coins produced through the first few years of the Indian Head’s existence are particularly valuable and desirable.
Over time, the value of Indian Head pennies may increase based on variables including availability and condition. For example, in the postwar period, the cent became very popular and was struck in large numbers, except in 1877, when a poor economy and a greatly lowered demand for pennies naturally created one of the rarest dates in the series. Condition also affects value; there can be a difference of hundreds of dollars in value between a worn coin and a very fine one.
Indian Head Pennies Key DatesDesigned by James B. Longacre, Indian Head Cents have six key dates that that are notable to collectors. While the series began production in 1859, the first variety to be considered key today is the 1864-L. The “L” mintmark on this coin refers to the designer’s last name, rather than the production location. Other important dates for the Indian Head Cents series include 1869, 1872, and 1877. While millions of coins were produced during these years, examples in Very Fine condition or higher are incredibly rare. After the turn of the 20th Century, the 1908-S struck from 95 percent Copper is the first date to be thought of as key by numismatists. Coins made by the San Francisco Mint in 1909 are also valuable to collectors. Indian Head Penny key dates include: