U.S. 1859 “First Year of Issue” Indian Head Cent:
This copper-nickel first issue was originally called “the nickel,” because at the time pennies were the only nickel-content coins used in American commerce. The composition was altered in 1864 when nickel became a critical Civil War armaments metal. The laurel wreath reverse is a unique one-year engraving only found on this first year coin. Our Good quality circulated during the Civil War and Frontier era but retains all major designs.
U.S. 1875 “Limited Mintage” Indian Head Cent:
Minted almost a century and a half ago, just 13 million of these 1875 Indian Head cents were output. Later Indian Head penny productions reached over 100 million and today the U.S. Mint issues over one billion pennies per year. The Indian Princess design has a quintessentially American look. Our Good quality retaining basic designs with clear dates and inscriptions. They circulated in bygone America when a 95% copper penny could buy lots of items.