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Small Cents – Indian Head Cent 1859 COPPER-NICKEL Laural Wreath Reverse

Small Cents – Indian Head Cent 1859 COPPER-NICKEL Laural Wreath Reverse

Description: The Indian Head one-cent coin was produced by the United States Mint from 1859 through 1909. It was designed by James Barton Longacre, the Engraver at the Philadelphia Mint. The obverse of the coin shows UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,... read more »

 

Small Cents – Indian Head Cent, Copper-Nickel, 1860-1864

Small Cents – Indian Head Cent, Copper-Nickel, 1860-1864

Description: James B. Longacre’s Indian Head design for the cent debuted in 1859. The previous Flying Eagle design had been minted for only three years (including the 1856 pattern, usually considered a regular issue by collectors). The... read more »

 

Small Cents – Indian Head Cent, Bronze, 1864-1909

Small Cents – Indian Head Cent, Bronze, 1864-1909

Description: The small “white cents”, so-called because of their light color compared to that of the older large cents, had at first escaped the hoarding of coins that came with the Civil War. But by 1862, in spite of the production... read more »

 

Small Cents – 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cent

Small Cents – 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cent

Description:The first year issue of perhaps one of the most popular and enduring designs in US Coinage. The new coin featured a portrait of Abraham Lincoln on the front and two “ears” of wheat on the back. The designers initials “VDB”... read more »

 

Small Cents – Lincoln Cent, Bronze, Wheat Ears Reverse, 1909-1958

Small Cents – Lincoln Cent, Bronze, Wheat Ears Reverse, 1909-1958

Description: The Lincoln cent has been a favorite of collectors for many years. Part of the appeal lies in the fact that it is the first circulating U.S. coin to feature a likeness of an real person; who just happens to be one of the most respected... read more »

 

Small Cents – Lincoln Cent, Steel, Wheat Ears Reverse, 1943

Small Cents – Lincoln Cent, Steel, Wheat Ears Reverse, 1943

Description: Lincoln cents were made of bronze most years, but World War II resulted in a couple of changes to the cent composition. Because copper was a critical war material, efforts were made to find alternative materials (ceramics and plastics... read more »

 

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: 1943-D copper cent, 1795 Reeded Edge cent, 1811/0 cent, and half cent errors

News and Analysis on coins, coin markets, and the coin collecting community, #20 A Weekly Column by Greg Reynolds I had originally intended to write this week about a variety of coins that were offered in the recently concluded Southern California... read more »

 

Lincoln Cent Matte Proofs By Kevin Flynn

The only book devoted entirely to matte proof Lincoln Cents. Over 250 color and black and white photos provide die diagnostics descriptions to identify and authenticate matte proof Lincoln Cents. Included are die state diagnostics and photographs... read more »

 

Guide Book of Lincoln Cents

Generations of coin collectors have grown up with the Lincoln cent. Now, as the coin nears its 100th anniversary (and the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth), Q. David Bowers provides a detailed study of this great American classic—our... read more »

 

Looking Through Lincoln Cents by: Charles D. Daughtrey

Pull a few pennies from your pocket. Take a close look. You may be holding an oddity that the U.S. Mint did not want you to find. Yet millions of them have found their way into general circulation. Many are worth hundreds of dollars. Experts... read more »

 
 
 
 
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