Indian Head Pennies - The 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.
Indian Head Penny Value
Indian Head pennies were minted from 1859 to 1909 and like all coins have various values based on metal content, scarcity and condition. APMEX offers a variety of Indian Head pennies, so you are certain to find the right Indian Head penny for your coin collection. Whether you are looking to procure your first Indian Head cent and want to make a value-conscious purchase or are ready to add a truly exceptional Indian Head cent to your collection, you are sure to find the perfect coin among APMEX’s ample selection.
Collect Indian Head Pennies
For collectors, part of the value of the Indian Head 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.
The Indian Head Cent is one of the most well-known and collectible U.S. coins, highly sought after by collectors all over the world. Shop APMEX’s selection to find the right Indian Head penny for your collection. Find the Indian Head Penny value and build your coin collection.
Designed 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:
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