The Indian Head cent, also known as an Indian Head penny, was a one-cent coin ($0.01) produced by the United States Bureau of the Mint from 1859 to 1909. It was designed by James Barton Longacre, the Chief Engraver at the Philadelphia Mint. From 1793 to 1857, the cent was a copper coin about the size of a half dollar.
How much is an Indian head penny worth?
In average condition, it’s worth about $50, but uncirculated mint condition coins are worth over $400.
Can you still find Indian head pennies in circulation?
Circulated coins are still circulated, no matter how much they shine. Copper has a tendency to tarnish, but even those that are chocolate brown can still be uncirculated. Learn all you can about this series, as with other coins, before you buy.
What are rare pennies to look for?
So before you say, “Keep the change,” check to see if you have any of these valuable pennies:
- 1943 Bronze Lincoln. (Image: Heritage Auctions, HA.com) …
- 1969-S Doubled Die Obverse. …
- 1992 Close AM Reverse. …
- 1972 Doubled Die Obverse. …
- 1995 Doubled Die Obverse. …
- 1999 Wide AM Reverse. …
- 1983 Double Die Reverse.
Should I clean my Indian Head Penny?
While cleaning an Indian Head Penny is not advised, especially for old coins or those that have been inherited, there is a way to clean the penny using mild dishwashing detergent. Wash hand with soap to remove oils and dirt from your fingers. … Place the penny in the soapy water and gently rub on both sides of the coin.
What year are Indian Head pennies?
Indian Head cent
|Years of minting||1858 (patterns only) 1859–1909 (regular issues)|
|Mint marks||S. Located below the wreath on the reverse. Philadelphia Mint specimens struck without mint mark.|
|Design||Liberty with head dress.|
|Designer||James B. Longacre|