US Indian Head Cent (Penny)  1859 to 1909
US Indian Head Cent (Penny) 1859 to 1909

Collecting Indian Head Cents is great fun. They are a favorite among US coin collectors, almost as popular as Lincoln cents. A common variety IHC catalogs for about $1 US dollar in worn condition. Gary's 1890 specimen is a common variety and is probably worth a lot less than $1 due to its scratches and spots, and its tainted eye appeal. Be sure you understand what 'catalog' means. Use the Terminology page.

Here are rules about an IHC's catalog value. Use our Terminology page to learn how to convert these catalog values to actual values.

(1) DATED AFTER 1877 - If your IHC is dated after 1877 the catalog value is about $3 in worn to average circulated condition, a little more in better circulated condition. Post-1877 coins that are fully uncirculated fetch about $25 on the retail market, with a catalog value in the $30 to $50 range. Be sure your coin is absolutely, fully uncirculated to expect a value over $25. Most coins are circulated. A coin dealer will generally pay about one-half of retail price to buy coins from you. For coins dated 1908 and 1909, see below.

(2) DATED 1864 - IHCs dated 1864 come in three varieties, click to this CoinQuest link for an explanation and values.

(3) DATED 1859 TO 1864 - For early date IHCs between 1859 and 1864, please check our description of these particular coins minted in copper nickel at this CoinQuest link.

(4) DATED 1865 TO 1879 - If your coin is dated after 1864 and before 1879 the catalog value rises to $10 to $20 in worn condition, about $30 to $40 in average circulated condition, and into the $100s of dollars for fully uncirculated specimens. 1869, 1870, 1871, and 1872 coins are particularly valuable, about twice as valuable as the figures quoted in the previous sentence, while the 1865 coin is only worth about half the figures quoted. If you have coins in this date range, it is worthwhile to have them accurately graded by a coin dealer or knowledgeable collector. A few points of wear to no wear can change the value from $20 to $100 per coin.

(5) DATED 1877 - If you have a coveted 1877 IHC, it is very valuable, cataloging for $1000 in worn condition and several $1000 in pristine condition

(6) DATED 1908 AND 1909 WITH S MINT MARK - If you have a coin dated 1909 and it has an S mint mark on the reverse, it is valuable, cataloging for $500 in worn condition. The 1908S is good too, cataloging at $100 in worn condition. Without the S mint mark, 1908 and 1909 specimens are worth about the same as those dated after 1877 (see above).

Coin: 736 , Genre: United States
Requested by: Gary White, Sat, 18-Jul-2009 17:50:22 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Tue, 16-Apr-2013 08:14:49 GMT
Reviewed and updated by CoinQuest, appraisal ok, Sun, 24-Aug-2014 21:06:51 GMT
Requester description: Indian Head Cent
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I have a 1895 Indian Head Penny just trying to find out what value is on it. What makes me think it is alittle special is it has a error on it. between the 8 and 9 below the date is like a drop of extra copper. I do not know if it has been circulated when I got it, it was in cardboard protective package. Can anyone tell me anything about it? - Kelly
Yo, Kelly -- A standard 1895 Indian Head Cent (IHC) usually catalogs around $3 for a typical circulated specimen. The one in our picture is circulated. If it were fully uncirculated there would be absolutely no trace of wear. An experienced collector or professional dealer can grade your coin. Since it is in a holder, it could be uncirculated or close to it, but a holder does not guarantee uncirculated status. Check over at CoinAuctionsHelp [Press Here] for a grading guide. Your coin would have to reach Almost Uncirculated (AU50) to be worth $20 or more. -- The drop of extra copper could also add value. To add value, it must be a minting error known as an 'extra metal' error. A small bit of extra metal could add $5 or so to a circulated coin. See this page [Press Here] for a discussion of extra metal errors. - CoinQuest (Paul)

I really appreciate your help I have had this coin since my brother died 25 years ago. I cant say how circulated it is, I would have to look once I get home. I could never find anything on it. I also have a few others like a 1862 french coin (I don't read french so i don't know value) it has napoleon on it. Where can I find information on these? Thank you again - Kelly
You can use this page (click here) to search (for example:Country->France and year->1862). - CoinQuest (Andrei)

I have an 1867 penny, and I heard that 1867 is a key date, but it has lots of gashes. However, you can make out a little of the head, the date is somewhat visible, and you can read the 'ONE CENT' and the wreath on the back. is this considered 'about good' and is 1867 a key date? - Thomas
Please read above for coins dated 1865 to 1879. You coin sound like it is heavily damaged or completely worn. It is worth about zero. - CoinQuest (Andrei)

Hi, I have a 1901 india
n head penny how much is it worth?
- Michael
Check out the 'DATED AFTER 1877' paragraph. Condition affects the value. - CoinQuest (Todd)

I have an 1866 indian in about good 3. Semi thin. Readable date, too. Picked it up for 4 dollars. Whats the value?
That's a pretty reasonable price for that coin, and about what you could expect to get from another collector if you resell it. Not typically worth more than $10 in the auction market in that condition. - CoinQuest (Todd)





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