Indian Head Cent (Year Varies)


The Indian Head Cent was produced by the U.S. Mint from 1859 to 1909. Designed by James B. Longacre, the obverse features a depiction of Liberty in a headdress (which is commonly mistaken for Native American figure), while the reverse features the words “ONE CENT” surrounded by a wreath.

It was produced in three varieties. The first, an 88% copper and 12% nickel composition, features a laurel wreath on the reverse and was only released in 1859 from the Philadelphia Mint.  The second variety (1860-1864) differs from the first in that the wreath on the reverse has a shield above the words “ONE CENT”. The third variety (1864-1909) was made of bronze and produced at the Philadelphia and San Francisco Mints.

The Indian Head Cent was replaced in 1909 by the Lincoln Cent.


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  • Year: 1859-1909
  • Denomination: $0.01
  • Country: United States
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  • Diameter: 19mm
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