1 Cent "Indian Head Cent"

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1864-1909
Value 1 Cent (0.01 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Bronze (.950 copper, .050 tin and zinc)
Weight 3.11 g
Diameter 19 mm
Thickness 1.47 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 2356
Numista type number (https://en.numista.com/help/what-is-the-n-number-visible-in-the-catalogue-33.html)
References KM# 90a,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.
Schön# 117a
Gerhard Schön; 2022. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

Liberty with Indian headdress bearing the word Liberty with the date below

Script: Latin

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
1901

Engraver: James Barton Longacre Read more on Wikipedia

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

Designer: James Barton Longacre Read more on Wikipedia

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 and the mintmark below the date (1908 and 1909 only)

Script: Latin

Lettering: ONE CENT

Engraver: James Barton Longacre Read more on Wikipedia

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

Designer: James Barton Longacre Read more on Wikipedia

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

Plain

1 Cent "Indian Head Cent" -  obverse

© Cyrillius

Mints

United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)
S United States Mint, San Francisco, United States (1854-date)

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. The standard weight of this coin was 48 grains.
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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1864  39 233 714 $ 30 $ 30 $ 30 $ 30 1.9% With "L"
1864  0.08% With "L", overdate 18/18
1864  35 0.19% With "L"; Proof
1864  $ 9.10 $ 11 $ 11 $ 19 6% Without "L"
1864  150 0.10% Without "L"; Proof
1865  $ 15 0.4% Fancy "5"
1865  0.18% Plain "5"
1865  35 429 286 $ 3.50 $ 3.50 $ 6.50 $ 16 $ 23 6% Plain "5" or Fancy "5"; overdate 5/4 may exist but not proven
1865  500 0.2% Proof
1866  9 826 500 $ 24 $ 60 $ 60 3%
1866  725 0.10% Proof
1867  9 821 000 $ 25 $ 25 $ 25 2%
1867  625 0.09% Proof
1868  10 266 500 $ 17 $ 24 $ 24 $ 24 3%
1868  600 0.09% Proof
1869  6 420 000 $ 32 $ 82 1.8%
1869  0.04% Overdate 69/69
1869  600 0.11% Proof
1870  5 275 000 0.5% Bold "N"
1870  $ 43 $ 43 1.5% Shallow "N"
1870  1 000 0.10% Shallow "N"; Proof
1871  3 929 500 $ 61 0.8% Bold "N"
1871  $ 72 1.1% Shallow "N"
1871  960 0.06% Shallow "N"; Proof
1872  4 042 000 $ 85 0.5% Bold "N"
1872  950 0.08% Bold "N"; Proof
1872  1.0% Shallow "N"
1873  11 676 500 $ 13 $ 15 $ 15 $ 15 3% Closed "3"
1873  1 100 0.06% Closed "3"; Proof
1873  0.08% Doubled "LIBERTY"
1873  $ 12 0.9% Open "3"
1874  14 187 500 $ 8.60 $ 13 $ 13 $ 38 $ 38 4%
1874  700 0.09% Proof
1875  13 528 000 $ 8.90 $ 11 $ 20 $ 24 $ 45 $ 93 4%
1875  0.03% Dot on "N" reverse
1875  700 0.06% Proof
1876  7 944 000 $ 15 $ 15 $ 15 $ 15 $ 29 $ 180 3%
1876  1 150 0.09% Proof
1877  852 500 $ 520 1.0%
1877  900 0.11% Proof
1878  5 797 500 $ 21 $ 21 $ 28 $ 28 3%
1878  2 350 0.10% Proof
1879  16 228 000 $ 4.50 $ 5.70 $ 14 $ 16 5%
1879  3 200 0.06% Proof
1880  38 961 000 $ 2.20 $ 3.00 $ 4.40 $ 4.40 $ 4.40 $ 5.40 $ 32 10%
1880  3 955 0.15% Proof
1881  39 208 000 $ 2.20 $ 2.90 $ 3.80 $ 3.80 $ 3.80 $ 58 11%
1881  3 575 0.14% Proof
1882  38 578 000 $ 2.80 $ 2.80 $ 3.20 $ 8.40 $ 11 10%
1882  3 100 0.10% Proof
1883  45 591 500 $ 2.90 $ 3.60 $ 3.60 $ 5.90 $ 5.90 12%
1883  6 609 0.15% Proof
1884  23 257 800 $ 2.70 $ 3.10 $ 3.10 $ 3.20 $ 4.70 8%
1884  3 942 0.10% Proof
1885  11 761 594 $ 5.40 $ 5.40 $ 7.80 $ 11 $ 27 6%
1885  3 790 0.06% Proof
1886  17 650 000 $ 4.10 $ 4.10 $ 4.20 $ 4.20 $ 7.40 5% Variety 1
1886  4 290 0.11% Variety 1; Proof
1886  $ 5.40 $ 6.40 $ 8.80 $ 22 2% Variety 2
1886  0.10% Variety 2; Proof
1887  45 223 523 $ 2.50 $ 2.80 $ 2.80 $ 2.80 $ 8.70 $ 47 14%
1887  2 960 0.13% Proof
1888  37 489 832 $ 1.90 $ 2.80 $ 2.80 $ 4.50 $ 11 12%
1888  0.10% Overdate 8/7
1888  4 582 0.11% Proof
1889  48 866 025 $ 1.80 $ 2.40 $ 2.40 $ 4.50 $ 6.00 $ 32 15%
1889  3 336 0.13% Proof
1890  57 180 114 $ 2.00 $ 2.10 $ 2.70 $ 3.80 $ 5.80 $ 17 $ 17 16%
1890  2 740 0.2% Proof
1891  47 070 000 $ 1.90 $ 2.60 $ 2.90 $ 2.90 $ 6.30 $ 23 15%
1891  2 350 0.14% Proof
1892  37 647 087 $ 1.50 $ 1.80 $ 2.40 $ 3.30 $ 8.90 $ 16 14%
1892  2 745 0.2% Proof
1893  46 640 000 $ 2.00 $ 2.30 $ 2.30 $ 4.00 $ 5.40 $ 23 15%
1893  2 195 0.16% Proof
1894  16 749 500 $ 3.20 $ 3.20 $ 3.20 $ 4.30 $ 11 8%
1894  0.05% Double date
1894  2 632 0.2% Proof
1895  38 341 574 $ 1.80 $ 2.10 $ 2.10 $ 2.10 $ 5.10 $ 18 $ 54 14%
1895  2 062 0.15% Proof
1896  39 055 431 $ 1.80 $ 2.30 $ 2.70 $ 3.90 $ 8.60 15%
1896  1 862 0.15% Proof
1897  50 464 392 $ 1.90 $ 2.10 $ 2.50 $ 3.60 $ 8.30 $ 44 $ 61 18%
1897  1 938 0.15% Proof
1898  49 821 284 $ 2.00 $ 2.00 $ 2.50 $ 2.50 $ 5.20 18%
1898  1 795 0.2% Proof
1899  53 598 000 $ 1.90 $ 1.90 $ 2.10 $ 3.50 $ 8.60 $ 24 19%
1899  2 031 0.2% Proof
1900  66 831 502 $ 1.60 $ 1.80 $ 1.90 $ 2.40 $ 6.00 $ 18 $ 57 22%
1900  2 262 0.2% Proof
1901  79 609 158 $ 1.60 $ 1.80 $ 2.10 $ 3.20 $ 6.30 $ 18 $ 76 25%
1901  1 985 0.2% Proof
1902  87 374 704 $ 1.80 $ 1.90 $ 2.10 $ 2.90 $ 5.10 $ 17 $ 27 26%
1902  2 018 0.3% Proof
1903  85 092 703 $ 1.60 $ 1.70 $ 2.10 $ 2.60 $ 5.30 $ 7.50 $ 32 27%
1903  1 790 0.3% Proof
1904  61 326 198 $ 1.70 $ 1.80 $ 2.10 $ 2.90 $ 5.30 $ 11 23%
1904  1 817 0.16% Proof
1905  80 717 011 $ 1.80 $ 1.80 $ 2.10 $ 3.20 $ 4.10 $ 14 $ 42 27%
1905  2 152 0.3% Proof
1906  96 020 530 $ 1.80 $ 1.80 $ 2.60 $ 3.10 $ 5.30 $ 19 $ 23 30%
1906  1 725 0.4% Proof
1907  108 137 143 $ 1.80 $ 1.90 $ 2.10 $ 2.80 $ 4.40 $ 9.40 $ 27 33%
1907  1 475 0.3% Proof
1908  32 326 367 $ 1.80 $ 1.90 $ 2.20 $ 3.50 $ 5.50 $ 5.50 $ 47 17%
1908  1 620 0.2% Proof
1908 S 1 115 000 $ 54 $ 100 $ 100 $ 150 $ 230 2%
1909  14 368 470 $ 4.20 $ 4.20 $ 4.70 $ 7.70 $ 13 $ 19 $ 69 11%
1909  2 175 0.2% Proof
1909 S 309 000 0.9%

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Price
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Cent "Indian Head Cent"
Katz
Auction 61
Lot 1133
Internet Archive
Jun 7, 2022 1867 AU USD 24.67
(EUR 23.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Cent "Indian Head Cent"
Katz
Auction 63
Lot 3912
Internet Archive
Jul 26, 2022 1876 VF USD 49.34
(EUR 46.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Cent "Indian Head Cent"
Katz
Auction 61
Lot 1134
Internet Archive
Jun 7, 2022 1878 VF USD 18.23
(EUR 17.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Cent "Indian Head Cent"
Katz
Auction 72
Lot 2992
Internet Archive
Dec 21, 2022 1880 AU USD 10.73
(EUR 10.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Cent "Indian Head Cent"
Katz
Auction 69
Lot 3177
Internet Archive
Oct 29, 2022 1880 AU USD 19.31
(EUR 18.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Cent "Indian Head Cent"
Katz
Auction 57
Lot 920
Internet Archive
Mar 19, 2022 1880 AU USD 25.74
(EUR 24.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Cent "Indian Head Cent"
Katz
Auction 69
Lot 3178
Internet Archive
Oct 29, 2022 1881 XF USD 18.23
(EUR 17.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Cent "Indian Head Cent"
Katz
Auction 72
Lot 2993
Internet Archive
Dec 21, 2022 1887 UNC USD 37.54
(EUR 35.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Cent "Indian Head Cent"
Katz
Auction 72
Lot 2994
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Dec 21, 2022 1889 XF USD 7.51
(EUR 7.00)
(+ buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold 1 Cent "Indian Head Cent"
Katz
Auction 69
Lot 3179
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Oct 29, 2022 1890 AU USD 19.31
(EUR 18.00)
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