Indian Head cent
The Indian Head cent was a copper coin about the size of a half dollar. It was designed by James Barton Longacre, the Chief Engraver at the Philadelphia Mint. The cent was hoarded during the economic chaos of the American Civil War, when the metal nickel was in short supply.
About Indian Head cent in brief
The Indian Head cent, also known as an Indian Head penny, was a one-cent coin produced by the United States Bureau of the Mint from 1859 to 1909. It was designed by James Barton Longacre, the Chief Engraver at the Philadelphia Mint. From 1793 to 1857, the cent was a copper coin about the size of a half dollar. In 1858, the Flying Eagle cent was replaced with the Indian head design. In 1909, the Indian Head cents were replaced by the Lincoln cent, designed by Victor D. Brenner. The cent was hoarded during the economic chaos of the American Civil War, when the metal nickel was in short supply. It became very popular and was struck in large numbers in most years. An exception was 1877, when a poor economy and little demand for cents created one of the rarest dates in the series. It has also been sought off by collectors as a specimen of a rarer design, the Ratatas, a five dollar piece with a shield at the top of the reverse and a laurel wreath at the bottom of the obverse. For more information, visit the U.S. Mint’s official website or go to www.mint.gov/coin/Indian-Head-Chennai-Penny-1.html. The Mint’s website is also available at: http://www.m Mint.com/Coin/Indian Head-Phenomenon-1-Nicks-1/Nicks Nicks.html and on the Internet at: www.coinonline.co.uk/nicks-nicks.
The mint’s website can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Nicks’ button and then the ‘nicks’ section of the page, or the ‘Coin’ button. The ‘Nick’ button can also be used to search for coins of the same name, such as the $1.00 dollar and the $2.50 dollar, as well as other coins of similar design. For information on how to get your hands on one of these coins, visit www.CoinOnline.com. In the UK, you can buy a set of 12 cents for £1.50 ($3.50) or £3.99 ($4.99) from the Royal Mint’s online store. The coins can be ordered by clicking here: http:\/www.Coinonline.com /coin.uk /numismatic/numistos/Indianhead-cent.html#numismat. The coin was struck from 1793-1857, and was intended to contain close to a cent’s worth of copper. Because of the constitutional clause making only gold and silver legal tender, the government would not accept copper cents for taxes or other payments. By the early 1850s, fluctuations in the price of copper led the Mint to seek alternatives, including reducing the size and experimenting with compositions other than pure copper. The result was the flying Eagle cent, the same diameter as the later Lincoln cent.