1 Cent "Indian Head Cent"

Features

Country 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
Weight 3.11 g
Diameter 19 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 2356
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References KM# 90a,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Schön# 117a
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

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

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 and the mintmark below the date (1908 and 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

Mints

United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)
D United States Mint, Denver, United States (1906-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.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1864  31.81 100.80 3.96 2.0% With "L" on ribbon
1864  35 0.2% With "L" on ribbon; Proof
1864  39 233 714 10.06 14.93 14.29 35.72 5% Without "L"
1864  150 0.14% Without "L"; Proof
1865  35 429 286 3.56 3.55 8.14 20.41 42.92 7% Plain; Fancy; Repunched date (double date) variety exists
1865  500 0.2% Proof
1866  9 826 500 26.65 69.30 61.47 2%
1866  725 0.12% Proof
1867  9 821 000 29.85 46.76 2%
1867  625 0.11% Proof
1868  10 266 500 18.18 25.84 6.27 25.75 3%
1868  600 0.11% Proof
1869  600 0.12% Proof
1869  6 420 000 35.04 1.7% Repunched date (double date) variety exists
1870  0.5% Bold "N"
1870  5 275 000 50.10 1.5% Shallow "N"
1870  1 000 0.12% Shallow "N"; Proof
1871  73.69 0.7% Bold "N"
1871  3 929 500 1.2% Shallow "N"
1871  960 0.09% Shallow "N"; Proof
1872  0.5% Bold "N"
1872  4 042 000 1.2% Shallow "N"
1872  950 0.09% Shallow "N"; Proof
1873  11 676 500 14.29 58.81 3% Closed "3"
1873  1 100 0.09% Closed "3"; Proof
1873  0.11% Doubled "LIBERTY" (Doubled Die Obverse)
1873  13.92 0.9% Open "3"
1874  14 187 500 9.60 16.10 66.05 4%
1874  700 0.12% Proof
1875  13 528 000 10.06 16.10 18.12 102.98 4%
1875  700 0.09% Proof
1876  7 944 000 16.10 23.81 27.54 3%
1876  1 150 0.11% Proof
1877  852 500 1.0%
1877  900 0.12% Proof
1878  5 797 500 24.69 19.88 35.16 2%
1878  2 350 0.12% Proof
1879  16 228 000 4.44 3.67 15.13 35.72 5%
1879  3 200 0.09% Proof
1880  38 961 000 2.46 3.31 4.99 11.63 3.57 10%
1880  3 955 0.17% Proof
1881  39 208 000 2.45 3.71 3.80 8.93 11%
1881  3 575 0.15% Proof
1882  38 578 000 3.23 2.68 3.99 9.99 11.91 10%
1882  3 100 0.12% Proof
1883  45 591 500 3.19 3.92 4.17 7.11 24.79 12%
1883  6 609 0.17% Proof
1884  23 257 800 3.10 4.31 2.96 3.92 8%
1884  3 942 0.12% Proof
1885  11 761 594 5.25 3.92 10.41 6%
1885  3 790 0.09% Proof
1886  17 650 000 5.76 4.29 7.69 13.51 5% Type A
1886  4 290 0.14% Type A; Proof
1886  5.76 7.14 2% Type B
1886  0.11% Type B; Proof
1887  45 223 523 2.51 3.92 2.82 2.98 9.61 52.15 13%
1887  2 960 0.15% Proof
1888  37 489 832 2.08 3.14 3.05 5.24 12%
1888  0.12% Overdate variety exists (1888/7)
1888  4 582 0.14% Proof
1889  48 866 025 1.91 3.08 2.44 5.02 9.93 35.90 15%
1889  3 336 0.15% Proof
1890  57 180 114 2.18 2.92 3.13 4.67 5.43 21.59 16%
1890  2 740 0.2% Proof
1891  47 070 000 2.33 2.54 3.38 3.57 4.91 25.00 15%
1891  2 350 0.17% Proof
1892  37 647 087 1.61 2.01 3.02 3.62 9.93 13%
1892  2 745 0.2% Proof
1893  46 640 000 2.36 2.87 2.33 4.17 6.69 15%
1893  2 195 0.18% Proof
1894  2 632 0.2% Proof
1894  16 749 500 3.92 3.92 2.71 7.14 105.45 8% Repunched date (double date) variety exists
1895  38 341 574 2.01 2.54 3.92 2.38 5.72 14%
1895  2 062 0.17% Proof
1896  39 055 431 1.89 2.52 2.95 4.54 9.60 15%
1896  1 862 0.18% Proof
1897  50 464 392 2.12 2.38 2.67 3.98 12.37 60.22 18%
1897  1 938 0.18% Proof
1898  49 821 284 2.46 2.69 2.94 2.92 5.44 17%
1898  1 795 0.3% Proof
1899  53 598 000 1.80 1.96 2.64 4.02 9.60 19%
1899  2 031 0.3% Proof
1900  66 831 502 2.02 1.96 2.20 2.67 6.63 22%
1900  2 262 0.3% Proof
1901  79 609 158 2.01 1.96 2.36 3.63 7.01 19.68 54.39 25%
1901  1 985 0.2% Proof
1902  87 374 704 1.98 2.10 2.38 3.57 5.95 19.42 26.52 26%
1902  2 018 0.3% Proof
1903  85 092 703 1.73 1.51 2.38 2.91 5.87 22.93 34.48 27%
1903  1 790 0.3% Proof
1904  61 326 198 1.96 1.96 2.66 3.23 5.95 12.25 22%
1904  1 817 0.20% Proof
1905  80 717 011 2.10 1.96 2.29 3.57 4.97 17.03 40.69 26%
1905  2 152 0.3% Proof
1906  96 020 530 2.01 2.01 2.91 3.30 7.38 22.21 20.87 30%
1906  1 725 0.5% Proof
1907  108 137 143 2.08 2.07 2.36 3.17 4.89 10.61 29.85 33%
1907  1 475 0.3% Proof
1908  32 326 367 2.07 1.96 2.74 3.98 5.88 47.07 17%
1908  1 620 0.3% Proof
1908 S 1 115 000 59.80 114.59 112.26 260.47 2.0%
1909  14 368 470 5.25 4.76 10.62 9.58 14.68 53.26 10%
1909  2 175 0.20% Proof
1909 S 309 000 0.9%

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