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 127 items in this category

1857 Flying Eagle Cent, Snow 16, Very Scarce Variety
Year: 1857
Condition: PCGS AU-50
Description: Snow-16, MPD, one of the most widely misplaced dates in the entire series, the date mistakenly punched TWICE into about the center of the die, then corrected. Easily identified by the large die chip on the Eagles wing as well as the weak wing edge (shown in my enlarged images). This looks to be a later die state. You can compare this coin to some of the other specimens offered currently on ebay, none of which are PCGS certified. Thanks to a lucky purchase, I can offer this at not too much of a premium over what a "plain jane" AU Flying Eagle in a PCGS holder would cost you.
Price: $265.00
Item Id #006274    See Details...
1857 Flying Eagle Cent, Extremely Fine
Year: 1857
Condition: EF-40+
Description: A true EF example, problem free and original. This still has some "gunk" stuck in some of the lettering to prove that it has not been abused, unusual today. No where near common in this grade.
Price: $132.00
Item Id #006306    See Details...
1857 Flying Eagle Cent, Choice Extremely Fine
Year: 1857
Condition: PCGS EF-45
Description: A nice original EF example. Just a trace of weakness at the top of the Obverse and the corresponding area on the Reverse. As even as this is it suggests that the planchet edge was slightly tapered. Not what I would call a real problem on such a natural looking, attractive coin.
Price: $149.00
Item Id #006119    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
Item Id #004595    See Details...
1858 Large Letters Flying Eagle Cent, Extremely Fine
Year: 1858LL
Condition: EF-40+
Description: An original example. This shows some strong machine doubling at the date - this is not a "doubled die", as some on would try to call it to get more $$$ out of the coin, but interesting none the less. I could not get a really good in focus image, for which I apologize, but there is an extra image that shows this feature.
Price: $129.00
Item Id #006307    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, 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...
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, Rounded Bust, Choice Uncirculated
Year: 1860
Condition: PCGS MS-63
Description: A nice original BU coin with the "honey gold" color that undisturbed Copper-Nickel Indian Cents should show. Just a smattering of small scuffy marks to show storage mixed in with a batch of loose coinage for many years. No spots or stains, and good luster.
Price: $349.00
Item Id #006324    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, 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...
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...
1864L Indian Cent, Uncirculated
Year: 1864L
Condition: PCGS MS-62BN
Description: An original example of this famous variety, created after James Longacre's initial was added to the hub. This was done late in the year, so the novelty of the new Bronze composition had passed. As a result, relatively few were saved at the time, making high end circulated and Uncirculated specimens scarce. This is a no-doubt Unc, the color and surfaces suggesting it having been saved at random by a member of the general public at the end of the Civil War. Not the commonly encountered darker "mud" Brown Unc, this shows bright mahogany surfaces with some remaining original Red surface color.
Price: $499.00
Item Id #006311    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...
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...
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, 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, 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, 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...
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...