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.

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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
Item Id #004595    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: $129.00
Item Id #004183    See Details...
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: $116.00
Item Id #004873    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
Item Id #002882    See Details...
1860 Indian Cent, Pointed Bust, Scarce
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...
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
Item Id #004493    See Details...
1864 Indian Cent, Bronze, Choice Almost Uncirculated
Year: 1864Br
Condition: AU-58
Description: An original survivor of the first Bronze Cent issue, undoubtedly put away as an example of the new Type. These would have been seen as "odd" to many people, having gotten used to the "white Cents" as the 1859 to 1864 CN issues were sometimes called. This probably never saw any circulation, but picked up a trace of wear from being in with a bunch of other misc. coins; as a result, it also darkened up just a bit, but still an attractive, sharp coin (and at least it was never cleaned!).
Price: $99.00
Item Id #006302    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: $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...
1865 Indian Cent, Fancy 5, Choice Uncirculated
Year: 1865
Condition: PCGS/CAC MS-64RB
Description: A nice original Uncirculated coin, this is an example of Snow-9, a rare variety. It shows clear repunching of the "1" in the date, the characteristic die crack through the bottom of the date, and the "thinning" of the denticles at about 6:30 on the Reverse. Snow reports only a few known, with the finest being a MS-65RD. This is possibly the second or third finest known; Rick Snow's wikipage of listed varieties does not show any certified examples. Unfortunately, PCGS does not certify this particular Snow #, so no help there. As value on such things can be relative, I have left this as "POR". Interested parties can contact me to discuss the matter.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005997    See Details...
1865 Indian Cent, Fancy 5, Choice Original
Year: 1865
Condition: AU-58
Description: A nice original AU/Unc "slider", with the barest hint of light wear on Liberty's cheek, and glossy chocolate brown surfaces. Still might certify as a low end Unc if submitted, the way they tend to treat this series.
Price: $74.00
Item Id #006365    See Details...
1866 Indian Cent, Very Fine, RPD, Snow-6, Scarce
Year: 1866
Condition: VF-20
Description: Repunched Date, Snow-6, considered very scarce - a nice "obvious" repunching. Should be worth a premium above a plain jane VF 1866, which isn't a common coin in any case.
Price: $139.00
Item Id #006010    See Details...
1866 Indian Cent, Choice Uncirculated
Year: 1866
Condition: PCGS/CAC MS-64BN
Description: A nice original Brown Unc example, with some remaining traces of original planchet color. This is also a minor repunched date (RPD), with the bottom serif of an errant "1" sticking out from the base of the "1" in the date. This is not in my copy of Snow's opus, but adds interest if now value to the coin. The CAC sticker however, is another matter, as they do not like Brown coins generally.
Price: $799.00
Item Id #006344    See Details...
1866 Indian Cent, Extremely Fine, RPD, Snow-2, Scarce
Year: 1866
Condition: Extremely Fine
Description: Repunched date (RPD), Snow-2. A nice clear repunching, appears to be a fairly early die state. A nice original coi and none too common. The slightly lighter areas seen on the Union shield on the Reverse, and on Liberty's cheek area are where I removed some accumulated dirt and grunge (using a coin-safe material) that just did not tone as darkly due to being protected from air. Should not be a problem.
Price: $200.00
Item Id #006615    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...
1867 Indian Cent, Extremely Fine
Year: 1867
Condition: EF-40
Description: A nice Chocolate Brown example. Sharper on the Obverse than the coin listed a #5647, a bit less so on the Reverse. This would certainly certify EF-40 at PCGS. Original & basically problem free absent a few light marks, nothing out of the ordinary for a circulated coin.
Price: $158.00
Item Id #006240    See Details...
1867 Indian Cent, Extremely Fine
Year: 1867
Condition: Extremely Fine
Description: A higher grade circulated example of this underrated date. The Obverse is generally sharp but shows just a slight bit of weakness around the rims in the lettering. The Reverse is noticeably weak around the periphery, which appears to be due to strike rather than die wear. Probably lightly cleaned a very long time ago, the color appears natural now to all but the most discerning eye.
Price: $205.00
Item Id #006614    See Details...
1868 Indian Cent, Choice Uncirculated
Year: 1868
Condition: PCGS MS-64RB
Description: A nice bright RB example, with about half of the original Red surface remaining. No marks of any significance to note - one small tick on Liberty's cheek. The Reverse has a slight sense of light "roughness" from exceedingly light contact with whatever this was stored with originally. My experience is that PCGS tends to "Net" grade Indians based more upon surface & color than marks above MS-62. Either way, a nice example.
Price: $749.00
Item Id #006385    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...
1870 Indian Cent, Extremely Fine, Very Scarce
Year: 1870
Condition: EF-40
Description: A tough date to find in any grade above Fine, and well struck for a date that is notorious for poor quality. Snow notes that strike-throughs due to water or grease on the dies are common. This does show some of that effect on the Reverse, which gives the appearance of light "roughness". Otherwise problem free and original; the "issue" on the Reverse should not prevent certification.
Price: $420.00
Item Id #006009    See Details...
1870 Indian Cent, Almost Uncirculated
Year: 1870
Condition: Almost Uncirculated
Description: Details of a Choice AU, with some obvious remaining luster. Well struck and somewhat unusually for this date, no doubling, repunching, misplaced digits or any other varieties noted! I suspect an exceptionally light cleaning a very long time ago, perhaps only dipped - NO hairlines to indicate physical abuse. Likely to still certify today. A sharp, attractive coin and should fill the hole nicely for someone who isn't all wigged out over entombing a coin in plastic.
Price: $529.00
Item Id #006616    See Details...
1870 Indian Cent, Pick Ax Variety, Original AU Coin
Year: 1870
Condition: PCGS AU-50
Description: (THIS COIN HAS BEEN SOLD - the listing left posted for information on the variety) FS-303 (Snow-7a). An original Almost Uncirculated example of this Key Date, and an example of one of the popular varieties in the Indian Cent series, the so-called "Pick Ax". So named for a large, obvious die gouge in the space between Liberty's hair ribbon and the designer's initials. Oddly enough, this Obverse die is know with five different Reverse die combinations, indicating that the Mint didn't notice, or didn't care, about the damage. Low PCGS attributed population, 4 in AU grades, 8 in Unc. Some of this may be due to the difficulty of finding gradable AU & better 1870 Cents, but with almost 300 1870 Cents PCGS certified in AU grades plus 500+ in Uncirculated, it gives an idea of the overall scarcity of the variety.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #006553    See Details...