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.
$2,750.00

1864 INDIAN BRONZE 1C MS67 Red

GEM LUSTROUS BRONZE CENT. TIED WITH TWO OTHERS FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$9,250.00

1864 INDIAN BRONZE 1C, L ON RIBBON PR64 Red

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

1867 INDIAN BRONZE 1C PR66 Red

GEM RED. ONLY 625 STRUCK. TIED WITH FIVE OTHERS FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$9,950.00

1868 INDIAN BRONZE 1C PR65 Red

GEM RED PROOF. ONLY 600 STRUCK. JUST 1 GRADE HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$8,750.00

1875 INDIAN BRONZE 1C MS66 Red

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

1877 INDIAN BRONZE 1C MS65 Red

GEM RED SURFACES. KEY DATE FOR THE SET.
$32,500.00

1877 INDIAN BRONZE 1C PR66 Red

GEM RED PROOF. ONLY 900 STRUCK. JUST 2 GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS.
$15,950.00