Indian Cents

(1859-1909)

Copper-Nickel (1859-1864)

There was nothing penny ante about the one cent piece in the mid-19th century: its buying power was substantial. The famed King Ranch in Texas, for example, came into being in 1853 when steamboat captain Richard King bought 15,500 acres for just $300—less than two cents per acre. For working-class Americans, 10 cents an hour was a living wage, so people understandably watched their “pennies” closely.

By the 1850s, many Americans actually were clamoring to have the cent’s clout diminished. What bothered them, however, wasn’t its buying power but its size: The copper cent then being minted was almost as large and heavy as today’s half dollar, and many had come to consider it simply too big for their britches.

The United States Mint responded to this concern in 1857 when it di.... (Expand Text)

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1862 INDIAN COP-NIC 1C MS66

GEM FLASHY SURFACES. CAC.
$2,850.00

1864 INDIAN BRONZE 1C MS67 Red

GEM LUSTEROUS BRONZE CENT. TIED WITH THREE OTHERS FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$8,950.00

1864 INDIAN BRONZE 1C, L ON RIBBON PR64 Cameo

GEM RED. ONLY 20 STRUCK. JUST 1 GRADED HIGHER.
$109,500.00

1867 INDIAN BRONZE 1C PR66 Red

GEM RED. ONLY 625 STRUCK. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$10,950.00

1873 INDIAN BRONZE 1C, CLOSED 3 MS65 Red

CLOSED 3. GEM RED. ONLY 9 GRADED HIGHER.
$7,950.00

1875 INDIAN BRONZE 1C MS66 Red

GEM RED SURFACES. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$8,750.00