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 177 items in this category

1857 Flying Eagle Cent, Sharp VF/EF
Year: 1857
Condition: VF/EF
Description: A nice sharp VF/EF, what is typically sold as an "EF" commercially. The Obverse basically makes it, however the Reverse is a bit short. The certified equivalent would be a VF-30 to 35.
Price: $105.00
Item Id #004010    See Details...
1857 Flying Eagle Cent, True EF
Year: 1857
Condition: EF-40+
Description: A true EF example of the Flying Eagle type, with nice original medium-tan surfaces. If you compare it to coins listed on this site as VF/EF, you will see that it is just a bit sharper overall, although this specimen shows an odd bit of weakness in "States" on the Obverse, likely due to grease or "press gunk" on the die. "Gunk" as I call it is a mixture of dirt, small metal filings or debris and grease/oil, common around machinery, that is the main cause of strike throughs, grease streaks and filled dies, even to this day.
Price: $139.00
Item Id #004182    See Details...
1858 Small Letters Flying Eagle Cent
Year: 1858SL
Condition: VF/EF
Description: A nice sharp VF/EF, what is typically sold as an "EF" commercially. The Obverse basically makes it, however the Reverse is a bit short. The certified equivalent would be a VF-30 to 35
Price: $105.00
Item Id #004009    See Details...
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: $139.00
Item Id #004183    See Details...
Year: 1858SL
Condition: VG/Fine
Description: For those who just want an average example of the first American Small Cent and a classic, popular Type coin, we offer nice VG/Fine copies of this the most commonly encountered variety. All coins sent will be problem free.
Price: $42.00
Item Id #001584    See Details...
1859 Indian Cent, VF/EF
Year: 1859
Condition: Choice Very Fine+
Description: The 1859 Indian Cent was technically a one year only Type, as the Reverse die used a different wreath and of course no "union shield". The Mint definitely had some striking problems with this date in converting from the Flying Eagle cent, which by 1858 they had only just managed to figure out how to make properly, only to have to switch boats in mid stream to the new Indian head design. Worse yet, the use of the wreath Reverse design seems to have been a major part of the problem, and weak impressions (or weak strikes, depending upon how you choose to see it) are the rule. This coin is basically an EF on the Obverse, with the typical weaker Reverse, about what you will normally see in the VF to EF grade range. As a result, well made, sharply struck EF's are usually sold as AU's.
Price: $75.00
Item Id #004005    See Details...
1859 Indian Cent, Well Struck VF+
Year: 1859
Condition: Very Fine+
Description: Much better struck than many of this date, with a full bold wreath on the Reverse, definitely not the usual state of affairs. The Obverse is not as strong as coin #4005 however, so I will limit the grade to a VF-20+. The Mint definitely had some striking problems with this date in converting from the Flying Eagle cent, which by 1858 they had only just managed to figure out how to make properly, only to have to switch boats in mid stream to the new Indian head design. Worse yet, the use of the wreath Reverse design seems to have been a major part of the problem, and weak impressions (or weak strikes, depending upon how you choose to see it) are the rule.
Price: $45.00
Item Id #004011    See Details...
1860 Indian Cent, Almost Uncirculated
Year: 1860
Condition: AU-50
Description: An original AU example. Well struck overall and with original color and luster. Just short of all four diamonds show. No longer common when found "unmolested".
Price: $115.00
Item Id #002882    See Details...
1860 Indian Cent, Original VF/EF
Year: 1860
Condition: VF/EF
Description: Another example of a "Commercial EF", with the sharpness of LIBERTY associated with the EF grade, but some striking weakness on the legends and tips of the feathers in the warbonnet atop Liberty's head. This is typical of the 1859-1862 Cents, as the Mint struggled to adjust the flow of metal during striking. As a result, most coins like this are commonly sold as an "EF", while coins that genuinely grade an EF by "old school" technical standards are usually offered as an "AU". This example is just slightly scuffy in spots but seems otherwise perfectly acceptable.
Price: $65.00
Item Id #003429    See Details...
1860 Indian Cent, Original Fine
Year: 1860
Condition: Fine-12+
Description: An original example of this first year Type. I say that advisedly, as technically the 1859 Indian Cent was a one year only Type, as the Reverse die used a different wreath and of course no "union shield". Regardless, a nice "average circulated" coin with all the letters of LIBERTY visible, as are the bands above and below. Typical color for the Copper-Nickel Cents, a sort of mustard yellow-brown with darker toning around the lettering and devices.
Price: $28.00
Item Id #003070    See Details...
1861 Indian Cent, Fine
Year: 1861
Condition: Fine-12
Description: Decent but not spectacular - this makes the technical grade of a Fine-12 as all letters of LIBERTY are visible, but like most of the date is somewhat poorly struck, so lacks a certain crispness of detail overall. It fills the hole.
Price: $45.00
Item Id #003430    See Details...
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: $30.00
Item Id #003071    See Details...
1862 Indian Cent, EF/AU
Year: 1862
Condition: EF-45+
Description: A very original and sharply struck example, with 3.9 Diamonds showing and some remaining luster, especially on the Reverse. This stands a chance at certifying at AU-50, but I will hedge just a bit.
Price: $60.00
Item Id #003486    See Details...
1863 Indian Cent, Almost Uncirculated
Year: 1863
Condition: AU-55
Description: An original AU+ example, and the most commonly encountered Copper-Nickel Indian Cent in this grade. The strike is just a bit weak on the tips of the feathers of Liberty's bonnet, which is common, but most of the four diamonds show. A nice original darker tan color with significant luster showing - really no longer common when found "unmolested".
Price: $70.00
Item Id #002883    See Details...
1863 Indian Cent, VF
Year: 1863
Condition: VF-20
Description: A nice average VF example with full LIBERTY and bands above and below, and hints of three diamonds on the ribbon. One tiny ding on the edge of the Obverse rim, which should not show once placed into an album.
Price: $28.00
Item Id #003431    See Details...
1864 Bronze Indian Cent, Nice Original AU
Year: 1864BR
Condition: Choice AU
Description: A nice original Choice AU, obviously put aside as a souvenir of the new composition started in 1864. Once again, the Mint had to switch gears to learn how to strike these properly, and even thought the alloy was much softer than the rock-hard Copper-Nickel used previously, uneven strikes are very common. In this case, the culprit appears to be that the dies used to make this coin were getting a bit long in the tooth, as they show obvious die stress, signs of clashing and weak, mushy denticles on part of the Obverse rim. Otherwise, nice glossy Brown surfaces and considerable remaining luster - coins like this are typically sold as a Brown "Unc" to the unwary.
Price: $95.00
Item Id #004007    See Details...
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: $130.00
Item Id #004006    See Details...
1864L Indian Cent, Sharp EF
Year: 1864L
Condition: EF-40
Description: A sharp EF example of this variety, with the "L" showing boldly. Just a bit darker, but original - this does show some excessive die wear on both sides and some signs of clash marks.
Price: $245.00     Sale Price! $220.00
Item Id #002804    See Details...
1866 Indian Cent, Original EF+
Year: 1866
Condition: EF-45
Description: A nice sharp example without problems.
Price: $200.00
Item Id #003445    See Details...
1866 Indian Cent, Original Choice EF
Year: 1866
Condition: EF-45
Description: A nice example, a bit sharper on the Obverse than that listed as coin #3445. Struck from a different die pair as well, the Reverse shows several heavy die cracks and was probably near to being pulled from service. Due to high demand during the Civil War, the Mint used Reverse dies until they basically fell apart.
Price: $210.00
Item Id #003446    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...
1868 Indian Cent, Good or Better
Year: 1868
Condition: Good+
Description: This listing is for an average Good from our regular stock. As such the images shown, if any, represent "stock images", and may not represent the actual coin that you will receive. However, we guarantee that the coin you will receive will be at least equal to that shown with a complete rim on both sides. If the price shows as "price on request", that means that this date/grade may be temporarily out of stock - please contact us to inquire.
Price: $44.00
Item Id #001459    See Details...
1868 Indian Cent, Better Date, Very Good
Year: 1868
Condition: VG-8
Description: This is a decent original coin, with about as much of LIBERTY as you will see in a coin in this grade.
Price: $52.00
Item Id #004008    See Details...
1869 Indian Cent, Better Date, Very Good
Year: 1869
Condition: VG-8
Description: The 1869 is a slightly tougher date in the series, certainly above a basic Good. This is a decent if not spectacular original coin, with about as much of LIBERTY as you will see in a coin in this grade.
Price: $115.00
Item Id #004004    See Details...