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1 Cent "Indian Head Cent"

Features

Country United States
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1864-1909
Value 1 Cent (0.01 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Bronze
Weight 3.11 g
Diameter 19 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
References KM# 90a,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Schön# 117a
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Obverse

Liberty with Indian headdress bearing the word Liberty.

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA LIBERTY
1901

Engraver: James Barton Longacre

James Barton Longacre was an American portraitist and engraver, and from 1844 until his death the fourth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint.

Reverse

Shield and wreath with lettering centered
Mint-mark below wreath (1908-1909 only)

Lettering: ONE CENT

Engraver: James Barton Longacre

James Barton Longacre was an American portraitist and engraver, and from 1844 until his death the fourth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint.

Edge

Smooth

1 Cent "Indian Head Cent" -  obverse

© Cyrillius

Comments

Minted for over 50 years, Indian Head cents are widely considered the most beautiful copper coins in American history. Introduced shortly before the War between the States in 1859, they were struck by the U.S. Mint until 1909.  Designed by James Longacre, these historic cents were the nation's first coinage tribute to the noble, proud American Indian. His Longacre design also represented the first time that official United States Mint coins featured a distinctly American motif.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1864  35.28 1.5% With "L" on ribbon
1864  35 0.3% with "L" on ribbon; Proof
1864  39,233,714 13.91 24.42 5% without "L"
1864  150 0.15% without "L" ; Proof
1865  35,429,286 6.38 6.38 19.38 6% overdate variety reported
1865  500 0.2% Proof
1866  9,826,500 27.10 2%
1866  725 0.14% Proof
1867  9,821,000 49.41 1.8%
1867  625 0.12% Proof
1868  10,266,500 17.45 2%
1868  600 0.12% Proof
1869  6,420,000 1.5%
1869  0.3% overdate variety exists
1869  600 0.12% Proof
1870  0.4% bold "N"
1870  5,275,000 1.4% shallow "N";
1870  1,000 0.12% shallow "N"; Proof
1871  0.6% bold "N"
1871  3,929,500 1.1% shallow "N"
1871  960 0.10% shallow "N"; Proof
1872  0.4% bold "N"
1872  4,042,000 1.1% shallow "N";
1872  950 0.10% shallow "N"; Proof
1873  11,676,500 13.32 3% closed "3"
1873  1,100 0.10% closed "3"; Proof
1873  0.10% doubled "LIBERTY"
1873  874.44 0.7% open "3"
1874  14,187,500 62.95 3%
1874  700 0.14% Proof
1875  13,528,000 7.79 17.44 56.33 4%
1875  700 0.08% Proof
1876  7,944,000 26.65 28.53 2%
1876  1,150 0.12% Proof
1877  852,500 0.8% (fr) Excessivement rare
1877  900 0.12% Proof
1878  5,797,500 25.01 2.0%
1878  2,350 0.14% Proof
1879  16,228,000 4.70 4.70 16.75 33.83 5%
1879  3,200 0.12% Proof
1880  38,961,000 4.12 4.23 13.87 9%
1880  3,955 0.17% Proof
1881  39,208,000 3.39 3.39 3.54 6.91 10%
1881  3,575 0.17% Proof
1882  38,578,000 2.91 2.43 2.43 10.91 9%
1882  3,100 0.14% Proof
1883  45,591,500 3.00 3.86 3.86 4.89 21.73 11%
1883  6,609 0.2% Proof
1884  23,257,800 3.99 3.41 3.41 5.55 7%
1884  3,942 0.15% Proof
1885  11,761,594 5.55 5.55 9.70 5%
1885  3,790 0.10% Proof
1886  17,650,000 3.66 7.89 5% Type A;
1886  4,290 0.15% Type A; Proof
1886  9.89 2% Type B
1886  0.10% Type B; Proof
1887  45,223,523 2.86 3.38 3.10 3.10 12%
1887  2,960 0.14% Proof
1888  37,489,832 2.52 2.94 2.94 4.87 11%
1888  0.14% Overdate variety reported
1888  4,582 0.12% Proof
1889  48,866,025 1.63 2.95 2.95 5.62 14%
1889  3,336 0.17% Proof
1890  57,180,114 2.10 2.86 4.34 4.34 15%
1890  2,740 0.3% Proof
1891  47,070,000 2.80 2.80 3.10 4.22 14%
1891  2,350 0.17% Proof
1892  37,647,087 1.00 1.93 3.30 3.37 12%
1892  2,745 0.3% Proof
1893  46,640,000 2.82 2.54 2.54 3.88 14%
1893  2,195 0.17% Proof
1894  16,749,500 3.43 3.75 6.66 7%
1894  0.19% double date variety
1894  2,632 0.10% Proof
1895  38,341,574 1.89 2.12 3.91 4.66 14.91 13%
1895  2,062 0.19% Proof
1896  39,055,431 2.51 2.84 2.84 5.81 14%
1896  1,862 0.19% Proof
1897  50,464,392 2.07 2.36 2.52 3.57 15.15 64.47 17%
1897  1,938 0.17% Proof
1898  49,821,284 2.85 2.90 2.87 2.87 3.78 16%
1898  1,795 0.3% Proof
1899  53,598,000 1.86 1.98 2.47 5.55 10.04 18%
1899  2,031 0.3% Proof
1900  66,831,502 1.95 1.98 2.48 2.59 21%
1900  2,262 0.3% Proof
1901  79,609,158 1.96 1.96 2.66 3.33 7.14 21.89 24%
1901  1,985 0.3% Proof
1902  87,374,704 1.91 1.96 2.48 2.91 5.55 7.96 39.71 26%
1902  2,018 0.3% Proof
1903  85,092,703 1.55 1.55 2.88 2.98 7.96 29.94 26%
1903  1,790 0.3% Proof
1904  61,326,198 1.90 1.93 2.48 2.96 10.53 17.11 21%
1904  1,817 0.17% Proof
1905  80,717,011 1.95 1.96 2.29 4.70 8.22 28.55 25%
1905  2,152 0.3% Proof
1906  96,020,530 1.93 1.93 3.06 3.06 7.96 21.18 29%
1906  1,725 0.5% Proof
1907  108,137,143 1.97 1.97 2.22 2.97 6.61 27.75 32%
1907  1,475 0.3% Proof
1908  32,326,367 1.94 2.22 2.37 3.08 4.39 46.46 16%
1908  1,620 0.3% Proof
1908 S 1,115,000 100.36 1.7%
1909  14,368,470 5.17 5.17 5.27 13.53 19.80 10%
1909  2,175 0.2% Proof
1909 S 309,000 0.7% (fr) Très rare

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