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 184 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...
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 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...
1862 Indian Cent, Sharp VF+
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, Sharply Struck AU
Year: 1862
Condition: AU-50
Description: A very original and sharply struck example, with 3.9 Diamonds showing and some remaining luster, especially on the Reverse. Not absolutely "perfect" as it shows a small mark or two, but the Civil War era Cents were used very hard as few if any Silver coins made it into circulation for long.
Price: $69.00
Item Id #004466    See Details...
1862 Indian Cent, Nice Average VF
Year: 1862
Condition: VF-25
Description: Not quite as sharp a coin as the 1862 listed as #3071, but still worthy. The Reverse shows a touch of darkness typical of the Copper-Nickel Cents if they have not been cleaned - almost ALL original coins below AU or EF show a bit of this which is mild natural corrosion due to the nature of the coinage material.
Price: $28.00
Item Id #004470    See Details...
1863 Indian Cent, Almost Uncirculated
Year: 1863
Condition: AU-50+
Description: An original AU+ example, and the most commonly encountered Copper-Nickel Indian Cent in this grade. The strike is a bit weak on the tips of the feathers of Liberty's bonnet - this is common and can be compared to the sharper strike on coin #4466, an 1862 Cent in AU. Most of the four diamonds show and significant luster still shows. A nice original darker tan color and really no longer common when found "unmolested".
Price: $65.00
Item Id #004467    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: $29.00
Item Id #003431    See Details...
1863 Indian Cent, Uncirculated
Year: 1863
Condition: NGC MS-62
Description: A nice bright Unc example of this common date, popular as an example to represent the Type. Seems well struck and original. The assigned grade was likely for a few wispy hairlines and a tiny spot, caused by non-numismatic storage.
Price: $179.00
Item Id #004479    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: $149.00
Item Id #004493    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...
1864 Indian Cent, Copper Nickel, Last Year of Type
Year: 1864CN
Condition: Fine-12
Description: A decent average Fine with the typical strike found on this date, which is seldom sharp as by now the master hub being used to make dies had started to wear out. This was one reason for the switch to Bronze coinage late in the year.
Price: $31.00
Item Id #004471    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...
1864L Indian Cent, Sharp EF+
Year: 1864L
Condition: EF-45+
Description: 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: $299.00
Item Id #004281    See Details...
1864L Indian Cent, Almost Uncirculated
Year: 1864L
Condition: AU-50 to 55
Description: At first glance an original Choice AU example of this variety, I suspect that this coin might have been just VERY lightly cleaned in some fashion at some point, possibly just "brushed" with a soft brass brush as was common at one point. It is very hard to tell, even for me, as it shows almost complete luster on the Reverse. I am most suspicious of the color, but it is also very similar to the "woodgrain" streakiness common to Indian Cents early in the series struck in Bronze, as the Mint was not familiar with the alloy used - this is basically identical to the problems San Francisco had in striking Cents 1908 to about 1918. Regardless, an interesting coin showing almost full detail and I suspect that it might certify as "normal".
Price: $315.00
Item Id #004414    See Details...
1865 Indian Cent, Extremely Fine
Year: 1865
Condition: EF-40+
Description: A nice sharp example of the second year of the Bronze Indian Cent issue, a bit more common as people saved these as a souvenir of the end of the Civil War - still not a "common" coin if correctly graded.
Price: $65.00
Item Id #004249    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...
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...