Small Cents

U. S. Small Cents 1856 to Date - Coin shown a 1955 Double Die Cent in PCGS/CAC AU-58 with original Purple-Red toning.

There are 128 items in this category

1857 Flying Eagle Cent, Choice Almost Uncirculated
Year: 1857
Condition: PCGS AU-53
Description: To give some insight into commercial grading standards, this coin is slightly better struck and shows a bit less actual wear than the PCGS AU55 listed as #4595 (in our Archive section), but graded a touch lower due to surfaces that are not as bright. As well, the luster is muted as the surfaces are a bit darker - that is all it takes, as the services like "shiny". Otherwise, attractive and original. Thankfully, no attempt has been made to "process" this coin to make it appear "Unc", all too common for well struck examples, as too few people apparently know how to grade these!
Price: $319.00
Item Id #005705    See Details...
1857 Flying Eagle Cent, Choice AU
Year: 1857
Condition: PCGS/CAC AU-55
Description: (SOLD February, 2017 for $360) A very attractive, original Choice Almost Uncirculated example of the Flying Eagle type. Nice color and significant luster, not always obvious on these coins due to the material used to make them. Also, thankfully, no attempt has been made to "process" this coin to make it appear "Unc", all too common for well struck examples, as too few people apparently know how to grade these! Scarce as a CAC stickered coin - only 18 in the CAC Census as of January, 2017. PCGS Population in AU-55 is 242 coins + 132 at NGC, making the CAC Pop at only 4.5% of the total grade. As noted above, many of those certified coins in AU have been cleaned at one point, regardless of the "plastic" they are in.
Price: Price On Request
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1858 Small Letters Flying Eagle Cent, Extremely Fine
Year: 1858SL
Condition: EF-40+
Description: A true EF example, the surfaces just a bit darker but original. What you see is the toning that develops on an undisturbed coin of this alloy type, the differences in shades being natural to this material which was hard to mix properly, as well as difficult to strike, which is one reason that it was abandoned in 1864. The Nickle in the alloy makes this one of the toughest coin metals ever used by the U.S.
Price: $129.00
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1859 Indian Cent, Extremely Fine
Year: 1859
Condition: EF-40
Description: A nice example of this one year Type, better struck than most - this date typically comes a bit weak on the Reverse as the Mint had trouble striking these with sharp wreath detail.
Price: $119.00
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1860 Indian Cent, Rounded Bust, Choice AU/Unc
Year: 1860
Condition: AU-58+
Description: An original coin that shows the reality of where most survivors come from. Coins from this era were rarely set aside by numismatists, but rather purely at random by the general public, usually as souvenirs of one sort or another. This coin is basically "new", showing no wear on the Reverse, but what could be called minor handling or contact on the Obverse. Whether this would certify as an Uncirculated coin tends to depend upon the randomness of commercial grading, but this is certainly equivalent to what is sold in the marketplace as "Unc", or MS-60 if you prefer, especially once dipped out to remove very minor toning. Unquestionably original, sold as just a really nice example of the date which would easily fit into any high grade set.
Price: $189.00
Item Id #004872    See Details...
1860 Indian Cent, Almost Uncirculated
Year: 1860
Condition: AU-50
Description: An original AU example of the more common of the two Hubs used this year. Well struck overall and with original color and luster. Just short of all four diamonds show. No longer really common when found "unmolested".
Price: $99.00
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1860 Indian Cent, Rounded Bust, Extremely Fine
Year: 1860
Condition: EF-40
Description: A nice original example.
Price: $69.00
Item Id #005655    See Details...
Year: 1860
Condition: VF/EF
Description: A nice example of this tougher variety, from the Hub of 1859. Easily identified by the thinner, "pointier" tip to Liberty's bust. For actual wear, this is more like an EF, but the strike was not great so I will Net it down a bit for stated grade.
Price: $85.00
Item Id #005656    See Details...
1862 Indian Cent, Sharp VF+
Year: 1862
Condition: VF-30
Description: A sharp example, with a bold "3-D" LIBERTY and bands above and below, parts of three diamonds on the ribbon. Slightly lighter in color, there exists the possibility that this was very lightly cleaned long ago, although there is NO sign of a cleaning now. My opinion is based upon the color alone. No marks or other impairments. Certainly what many dealers would call "EF".
Price: $27.00
Item Id #003071    See Details...
1863 Indian Cent, Original Almost Uncirculated Coin
Year: 1863
Condition: Almost Uncirculated
Description: An original AU example typical of coins put aside randomly by the non-collecting public during the Civil War. Nicely toned a honey-brown which is the natural color Copper-Nickel Cents develop if not disturbed or cleaned. Likely to certify above AU-50 if submitted. I note that the Reverse is slightly rotated.
Price: $79.00
Item Id #005426    See Details...
1863 Indian Cent, Uncirculated Copper-Nickel Cent
Year: 1863
Condition: Uncirculated
Description: An original Unc example typical of coins put aside randomly by the non-collecting public during the Civil War. Nicely toned a honey-brown which is the natural color Copper-Nickel Cents develop if not disturbed or cleaned. Some minor scuffs here and there but no major marks.
Price: $132.00
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1864 Indian Cent, Copper Nickel, Last Year of Type
Year: 1864CN
Condition: EF-40
Description: A nice original EF, showing the somewhat less than spectacular strikes that this date tends to show, as by now the master hub being used to make dies had started to wear out. 1864 was the last year that Copper-Nickel Indian Cents were struck, as the Mint had gotten tired of dealing with the very hard alloy used for this series. Also, the experience shown during the Civil War that the general public would accept Bronze minor coinage, in the guise of private Civil War Tokens, allowing for the removal of Nickel from the Cent's composition. It may be difficult to imagine now, but at the time Nickel was almost a semi-precious metal, due to the difficulty and cost in producing it from its major ores. This was the first step towards a Fiat coinage, one where it had a lesser intrinsic value (melt value) than its stated Face Value. It should also be noted that there was a political angle as well. At the time, the U. S. Nickel industry was basically the output of of ONE individual's business interests, Joseph Wharton of the Wharton School of Business fame. His political influence was one reason for the addition of Nickel into the Cent in the first place. Its removal from this denomination, and the subsequent brouhaha in Washington (they had lobbyists back then too) led inexorably to its re-introduction into U. S. coinage in the 3 Cent Nickel and Shield Nickel series in 1865 and 1866 respectively.
Price: $119.00
Item Id #004006    See Details...
1864 Indian Cent, Copper Nickel, Original Almost Uncirculated Coin
Year: 1864CN
Condition: AU-55+
Description: A nice original AU coin, well struck for the Type and with nice color. Difficult to find original, as most coins close to Uncirculated were cleaned at some point in the past to pass a "Unc". The nature of the coin's alloy worked in favor of such abuse as it takes a good "polish".
Price: $149.00
Item Id #005664    See Details...
1864L Indian Cent, Sharp EF+
Year: 1864L
Condition: EF-45+
Description: A sharp EF example, a good impression off of fresh dies. The "L" showing boldly and nearly full feather detail in the headdress. Details basically of an AU, but the planchet surface showing some "woodgrain" color typical of the early Bronze Cents as the Mint had trouble adjusting production to the new material - a different problem than that of the early Lincoln Cents, primarily from San Francisco, which seems to be due to problems faced by local suppliers of planchet stock.
Price: $264.00
Item Id #004281    See Details...
1866 Indian Cent, Original EF+
Year: 1866
Condition: EF-45
Description: A nice sharp original coin, close to AU. This still shows some traces of original planchet color & luster in hidden areas if you look for them. One VERY old, very light scratch on the Reverse does not significantly detract.
Price: $159.00
Item Id #003445    See Details...
1867 Indian Cent, Close to Fine
Year: 1867
Condition: VG/Fine
Description: A better date above VG - this is very close to what the services will certify as a Fine-12.
Price: $95.00
Item Id #004179    See Details...
1867 Indian Cent, Fine
Year: 1867
Condition: Fine-12
Description: A true Fine, original and with decent if not absolutely perfect surfaces.
Price: $109.00
Item Id #005071    See Details...
1867 Indian Cent, Choice Very Fine, Scarce
Year: 1867
Condition: VF/EF
Description: This coin closely matches the detail for an EF-40 according to the PCGS grading guide, and might make it into such a holder, but as I am a bit old school I feel this is more of a Choice Very Fine. You can argue the exact "number" if you wish. Regardless, a nice brown mid grade example.
Price: $145.00
Item Id #005647    See Details...
1869 Indian Cent, A Nice Original Fine
Year: 1869
Condition: Fine-12
Description: The 1869 definitely becomes tougher in this grade and above. This is a nice original "brown" coin with no problems.
Price: $235.00
Item Id #004653    See Details...
1870 Indian Cent, Original Fine, Very Scarce
Year: 1870
Condition: Fine-12
Description: A nice original Fine example of this tough date, struck from the Type One Reverse hub used since 1864 with a "Shallow N". The Reverse hub was redesigned by William Barber this year, strengthening and evening up the heights on all the lettering, and used from later in 1870 onward with one very notable and critical exception: all Key Date 1877 Indian Cents are supposedly struck from a "Shallow N" Reverse, for some reason (some controversy around this pops up from time to time). Problem free, this does show a large die crack on the Reverse.
Price: $219.00
Item Id #004175    See Details...
1871 Indian Cent, Nice Original VG/Fine
Year: 1871
Condition: VG-8+
Description: A very tough date to find above Good. This is a nice problem free VG, struck from Barber's redesigned Reverse with Bold N. I have seen coins like this certified VG-10 or even as a "Fine", depending upon the service. This also appears to be a minor Repunched date, Snow 1.
Price: $149.00
Item Id #004177    See Details...
1871 Indian Cent, Sharp EF/AU Coin, Very Scarce
Year: 1871
Condition: PCGS EF-45
Description: (SOLD January, 2017 for $469, on ebay) A very original, sharply struck example of this much tougher date. A low Mintage (for a Cent) combined with heavy melting by the Treasury meant low survivorship, especially in higher grades. The melting of previously issued Cents in the early 1870's would have caught most of the 1871's destroyed in Very Fine and better, hence the paucity of upper end circulated examples. The PCGS Population from EF-40 to AU-58 is less than 500 coins, and that is for a date whose value would encourage submission. Better yet, original and problem free, difficult enough in itself to find! I have left images posted of the coin prior to grading, as I believe they show the surfaces and color a bit better. Rarely found this NICE, grade aside ...
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005620    See Details...
1872 Indian Cent, Very Good+
Year: 1872
Condition: VG-8+
Description: A very scarce coin above a Good, this is starting to show some definition in Liberty's headband with part of all of several letters showing. Typically pushed to "Fine" by most dealers (certainly by "East Coast" grading standards). Not absolutely problem free, as it shows some very minor surface issues likely related to non-numismatic storage, but original and uncleaned. A date I like in any Grade Good and better. The Reverse is rotated just slight to the left.
Price: $169.00
Item Id #004022    See Details...
1872 Indian Cent, Certified Extremely Fine, Very Scarce
Year: 1872
Condition: PCGS EF-40
Description: An original high grade circulated example, however like many of the date not a spectacular strike - unevenness is visible in the date and the legend (US of A), which varies from weak to strangely "fat" looking. The common weakness in the feather ends of Liberty's war bonnet as well. All this suggests a problem in die preparation, not strike necessarily. However, problem free surfaces, which is RARE. Like the 1871, a lower Mintage combined with heavy melting by the Treasury meant low survivorship, especially in higher grades. The PCGS Population from EF-40 to AU-58 is less about 100+ coins higher than the 1871, but that does not mean they are more "common" as this date is rarely seen above average circulated. Discounted from the usual levels this grade commands for the less than ideal strike.
Price: $500.00
Item Id #005626    See Details...
1874 Indian Cent, Choice Uncirculated
Year: 1874
Condition: PCGS/CAC MS-64BN
Description: (SOLD December, 2016 for $359, on ebay) An excellent example of why to not automatically ignore Indian or Lincoln Cents that are certified "Brown". This is a NO doubt Choice Unc coin, just naturally mellowed to a soft purple-red brown with flecks of brighter ares where the original planchet color (straw gold) shows. A low CAC Population as well, with only 9 in the combined PCGS/NGC census of 128 coins. I don't think that a whole lot needs to be said about this coin - the images speak for themselves. Definitely PQ for the assigned grade.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #003772    See Details...