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, 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: $169.00
Item Id #004872    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, Original AU/Unc Coin
Year: 1860
Condition: AU-58+
Description: A strictly original coin, and a very frustrating one. This appears to not have every actually circulated, but picked up some light hairlines somewhere. Whether that was in a Civil War era hoard, or from the common abuse suffered by less enlightened prior owners, it is enough to drop the coin into the high AU grades. A real shame as Copper-Nickel Cents with ORIGINAL color that have not been dipped & stripped are becoming increasingly scarce. This is certainly suitable for an AU/Unc set, where someone wants a BU "look" without the attendant price.
Price: $179.00
Item Id #005970    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, Bright Near Gem BU Coin
Year: 1863
Condition: PCGS MS-64+
Description: An original lightly toned coin. About all that kept this from a full Gem BU grade is that it was not "bright & shiny". Regardless, a nice example for Type or to represent the date in a high grade BU set.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005971    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, 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, Original Almost Uncirculated Coin, Rotated Reverse
Year: 1864CN
Condition: AU-55+
Description: A nice original "honey-gold" colored coin. Struck from a sharply Rotated Reverse - the first image of the Rev. shows its orientation to the Obverse, about 140-150 degrees off. The Obverse die had its own problems, as it shows considerable crumbling at the edge - an interesting coin. My price adds a bit for the "variety", but I think the coin speaks for itself as a quality example of this Type.
Price: $199.00
Item Id #005923    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, Choice Almost Uncirculated
Year: 1864L
Condition: PCGS AU-55
Description: A nice problem free Brown copy of this famous variety created when James Longacre's "L" initial was added late in the production year. No one knows exactly how many of the 39 Million 1864 Bronze Cents coined carried this feature, however one estimate of total survival today is as few as 3,000 coins, circ and Unc. That seems low, however this is certainly scarce in high circulated grades and rare in Uncirculated. Few contemporary collectors were interested in distinguishing between the two different 1864 Bronze Cent varieties, when they chose to keep a copy - the Civil War did not help any either, as all currency was reasonably scarce and tended to be used hard. Not too many on the market in a PCGS AU-55 holder; I will note that one "big name" is offering one at $575, which looks a bit "woodgrainy" to me and has an obvious Obverse stain/spot.
Price: Price On Request
Item Id #005996    See Details...
1864L Indian Cent, Sharp EF+
Year: 1864L
Condition: EF-45+
Description: (On hold for a customer) 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: Price On Request
Item Id #004281    See Details...
1865 Indian Cent, Plain 5, Extremely Fine
Year: 1865
Condition: EF-40+
Description: An original EF example of the first date in the series after the Mint stopped messing around with adapting the alloy and Hubs. Oddly enough, for a date that was the last year of the Civil War which would normally encourage hoarding, this date does not seem that common in upper end circulated grades. This is also an example of Snow-11, a repunched date variety that seems somewhat scarce.
Price: $48.00
Item Id #005903    See Details...
1865 Indian Cent, Fancy 5, Uncirculated
Year: 1865
Condition: Uncirculated
Description: From the last year of the Civil War, which tended to encourage hoarding. While this is considered a common date, it does not seem as common in upper end circulated grades to low end Uncs as this seems to suggest. The hard economy after the War may have something to do with this, or just my location on the Left Coast. This is an original Brown Uncirculated coin, with some traces of remaining Red in the protected areas around the rims. There is a small rough area in front of Liberty's mouth caused by a "strike through" where grease was on the die or the planchet. This would limit the coin to a certified grade of MS-63BN in my opinion. However, other than that a very attractive coin.
Price: $159.00
Item Id #005974    See Details...
1865 Indian Cent, Fancy 5, Choice Uncirculated
Year: 1865
Condition: PCGS 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. Unfortunatly, 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, 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...
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...