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 223 items in this category

1857 Flying Eagle Cent
Year: 1857
Condition: Fine
Description: The first affordable year of the Flying Eagle Cent, the first American Small Cent and a classic, popular Type coin. This listing is for a coin out of our regular inventory, so as such the image shown here may not represent the actual coin you receive. However, we guarantee that the coin you do receive will be an equivalent, problem free example. Flying Eagle Cents are more difficult in Fine & Very Fine, and VERY much more difficult in EF & AU, due to problems with strike.
Price: $45.00
Item Id #002855    See Details...
1857 Flying Eagle Cent
Year: 1857
Condition: Very Good+
Description: The first affordable year of the Flying Eagle Cent, the first American Small Cent and a classic, popular Type coin. This listing is for a coin out of our regular inventory, so as such the image shown here may not represent the actual coin you receive. However, we guarantee that the coin you do receive will be an equivalent, problem free example.
Price: $42.00
Item Id #000804    See Details...
1857 Flying Eagle Cent
Year: 1857
Condition: EF-45
Description: An original coin with problem free surfaces. Oddly enough, the strike is relatively bold overall, however some of the letters in "United States" are weak and shallow. This may be due an improperly prepared Obverse die or possibly some grease or "gunk" stuck in the die when the coin was struck. Otherwise very nice with some original luster remaining.
Price: $135.00
Item Id #001583    See Details...
1858 Large Letters Flying Eagle Cent
Year: 1858LL
Condition: VF/EF
Description: (This coin is sold, but I left the listing posted as an example of the quality I like to sell - if interested, please inquire) The Large Letters variety is more difficult to locate than the Small Letter, especially in EF and better. This may be due to problems with the master hubs, and leading to the redesign to the Small Letters Obverse later in the year. These coins were always suffering with poor striking quality. The coin offered here is a "Commercial EF", but I offer it for what I believe it to really be, a nice original strong VF+.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #002856    See Details...
1858 Flying Eagle Cent, Small Letters
Year: 1858SL
Condition: Very Good+
Description: The second and last year of regular production of the Flying Eagle Cent, which was ended due to continuing problems with proper strike and short die life. Again, a classic, popular Type coin. This listing is for a coin out of our regular inventory, so as such the image shown here may not represent the actual coin you receive. However, we guarantee that the coin you do receive will be an equivalent, problem free example.
Price: $43.00
Item Id #000805    See Details...
1858 Small Letters Flying Eagle Cent
Year: 1858SL
Condition: EF-40+
Description: Sharp and well struck, the surface color is just a bit "off". I do not believe that this was ever cleaned, more likely due to some minor environmental issue in storage. NO corrosion or porosity. Please Note: The two sides are the same color - the images make them look different, but this was due to problems getting a good image.
Price: $135.00
Item Id #001584    See Details...
1858 Small Letters Flying Eagle Cent
Year: 1858SL
Condition: VF/EF
Description: To show how relatively minor difference in detail due to striking quality can affect grading in this series, the coin offered here is a more typical Flying Eagle Cent. The overall Obverse detail is slightly mushy and lacking in sharpness in the eagle's feathers, and the Reverse die was obviously run too long. However for general sharpness, this still merits a VF+ grade.
Price: $65.00
Item Id #002880    See Details...
1859 Indian Cent, VF/EF
Year: 1859
Condition: VF/EF
Description: A "Commercial EF", with a sharp LIBERTY but showing striking weakness in some of the Obverse features, and much more so on the Reverse. This is common to the date. Again, this was due to the switchover to the new design, as the Mint forces had to "relearn" how to make the coins properly. Otherwise an original coin with no defects to mention.
Price: $55.00
Item Id #002884    See Details...
1860 Indian Cent, Uncirculated
Year: 1860
Condition: Unc (MS-60+)
Description: A nice original Uncirculated Copper-Nickel Indian Cent. It has toned a bit and shows a few marks and light scuffs, signs of having been put away by a non-collector in a "can" lot. This sort of thing it the actual source for almost all high grade early Indian Cents, as few if any true numismatists collected them in high Mint State grade, Proofs being seen to be "better".
Price: $195.00
Item Id #002363    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...
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...
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...
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, AU/Unc
Year: 1863
Condition: AU-58
Description: Another good example of a coin that likely spent a number of years in a loose group of coins in a can or box. In this case however, it picked up just a bit of actual wear caused by friction, as the highest points of Liberty's face show some dull patches from lose of original surface due to wear, otherwise known as "rub". Regardless of the wishy-washy nature of commercial grading, this makes it an AU in my book, although a high end AU. Most of the luster survives in the fields and it has good color. This coin would not look too out of place in a set of lower end Uncirculated coins - in fact, most coins sold by the average mailorder dealer as Unc (or "BU") are precisely the same as this one.
Price: $85.00
Item Id #001984    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, Very Good
Year: 1864BR
Condition: VG-8
Description: We offer nice original VG examples of this date. Grades above a basic Good are not as easy to locate as they once were, as the increase in new collectors from 2000 to 2007 "sucked" many coins out of the market.
Price: $23.00
Item Id #003433    See Details...
1864 Copper-Nickel Indian Cent, Original EF/AU
Year: 1864CN
Condition: EF-45
Description: Original, and very close to AU - this might very well certify as such, but I prefer to be a bit more conservative (not much price difference anyway). Smooth problem free surfaces with nice color and remaining luster. The CN Cents seem to be particularly prone to spotting or staining, so many higher grade circulated coins are unattractive. Not a problem here.
Price: $130.00
Item Id #003289    See Details...
1864 CN Indian Cent, VF
Year: 1864CN
Condition: VF-20
Description: A decent average VF example with full visible LIBERTY, which as typical for the date is not extremely strong, and hints of three diamonds on the ribbon. Almost all circ examples of this type seem to be poorly struck, unless one of the relatively few EF/AU coins such as #3289.
Price: $70.00
Item Id #003432    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: $260.00
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...