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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1861 INDIAN COP NIC 1C PR65 Cameo

GEM CAM PROOF SURFACES. ONLY 1,000 STRUCK. JUST A SINGLE PR66+CAM GRADED HIGHER. CAC.
$19,750.00

1864 INDIAN BRONZE 1C, L ON RIBBON PR64+ Red

L ON RIBBON. GEM BRIGHT RED. ONLY 35 STRUCK. JUST 1 GRADED HIGHER.
$159,500.00

1864 INDIAN BRONZE 1C, L ON RIBBON PR65 Red

L ON RIBBON. GEM RED CAMEO. ONLY 35 STRUCK. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. NORWEB PEDIGREE.
$187,000.00

1867 INDIAN BRONZE 1C MS66 Red

GEM RED. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$17,500.00

1867 INDIAN BRONZE 1C PR65 Cameo

GEM RED CAMEO PROOF. ONLY 625 STRUCK.
$5,500.00