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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1788 MASSACHUSETTS 1C, PERIOD, MASSACHUSETTS, PERIOD MS65 Brown

GEM CHOCOLATE BROWN SURFACES. ONLY A SINGLE MS66 COIN GRADED HIGHER AT PCGS. CAC.
$27,500.00

1860 INDIAN COP-NIC 1C, POINTED BUST MS66+

POINTED BUST. GEM SURFACES. ONLY 2 COINS GRADED HIGHER. CAC.
$12,950.00

1864 INDIAN BRONZE 1C MS67+ Red

GEM RED. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED.
$21,950.00

1864 INDIAN BRONZE 1C, L ON RIBBON MS66+ Red

L ON RIBBON. GEM RED. SUPERB SURFACES. TIED WITH ONE OTHER COIN FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$62,500.00

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

L ON RIBBON. GEM BRIGHT RED. ONLY 35 STRUCK. JUST 1 GRADED HIGHER.
$126,500.00

1864 INDIAN BRONZE 1C, L ON RIBBON PR65 Red

L ON RIBBON. GEM RED CAMEO. ONLY 35 STRUCK. SOLE HIGHEST GRADED. NORWEB PEDIGREE.
$152,500.00

1866 INDIAN BRONZE 1C MS66 Red

GEM RED LUSTROUS SURFACES. TIED FOR HIGHEST GRADED.
$16,500.00

1867 INDIAN BRONZE 1C MS66 Red

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