Indian Head Cents


Many collectors are interested in Indian Head Cents produced from 1860 – 1905. Although most of them are made from copper, most of them – especially early coins - hold a value of over $100.

There are three varieties of them - a Copper-Nickel with Laurel Wreath on the reverse, Copper-Nickel with Oak Wreath with a shield and a Bronze variety.

The coin was minted with a content of 88% copper and 12% nickel, because it was required by the law at that time. In 1864, its weight was reduced from 72 grains to 48 grains. The metal content of the coin was modified to 95% copper and a 5% mixture of zinc and tin.

They are very rare and make a great addition to coin collections.
For more information, check out our Indian Head Cents for sale, below:

1858 Small Letter FLYING EAGLE G Indian Head Cent
1858 Small Letter FLYING EAGLE G Indian Head Cent
Price: $22.00 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 30m
1867 Indian Head Penny
1867 Indian Head Penny
Price: $8.38 (9 Bids)
Sale Ends: 30m
1883 Indian Head Penny
1883 Indian Head Penny
Price: $1.25 (2 Bids)
Sale Ends: 30m
1897 Indian Head Penny - Excellent Grade Coin!
1897 Indian Head Penny - Excellent Grade Coin!
Price: $9.00 (11 Bids)
Sale Ends: 30m
1878 Three Dollar Indian Gold Piece $3 - Certified PCGS Fine Detail - Rare Coin!
1878 Three Dollar Indian Gold Piece $3 - Certified PCGS Fine Detail - Rare Coin!
Price: $606.00 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 31m
1891 Indian Head Cent Circulated Philadelphia Mint!!
1891 Indian Head Cent Circulated Philadelphia Mint!!
Price: $8.39 (0 Bids)
Sale Ends: 31m

About Indian Head Cents


The Indian head cent coins were produced in the period from 1859 to 1909. These coins have the record of most produced coins while the flying eagle cents has the record of the shortest history. Due to the non acceptance from the public for the flying eagle the designer James.B.Longacre was assigned to create an alternate design for the cents coin. Also the striking of the flying cents was difficult and the mints often broken down causing errors. Thus Longacre made a design of like the statue of liberty wearing a traditional Indian head wear with feathers on it. He also had the band engraved with the wording liberty on it.

The coin was made of an alloy of copper 88% and nickel 12% at the beginning when it was produced. But later on the composition was changed and bronze coins were produced. This change was accompanied with the addition of the letter L on the ribbon near liberty’s neck. This was to signify who had designed the coin.

The Indian head cents first had the symbol of a wreath of olives on its reverse side. Later on after the first year of its production it was changed to olive and oak with the federal symbol on the top. Though many coins of the Indian head cents were in circulation till 1950’s it still holds some good value at present more than its face value.

If you happen to find any Indian head cents with you and consider selling it, then you must approach a curator first to know the value of the coin. As you these coins were produce for a considerable period the value of the coins depends on its year minted on it. The most rare and valued coin is of the year 1877 as in this year the mintage of the coins were lower than the other years.

Another important point you must note is that while you find some of these old coins one thing you must not do if you are planning to sell these is that you must not clean them. As the coin collectors do not appreciate the cleaned coins and expect to see them in their original state in which they were found and rating them.