The Indian Head cent, or Indian Head Penny, was designed by James Barton Longacre and struck from 1859 until 1909. It was minted in both Philadelphia and San Francisco.

The coin featured the head of Lady Liberty, facing left and wearing a Native American headdress with "Liberty" written across the band. The words "United States of America" encircle her. Popular legend has it that Longacre used his young daughter as inspiration for the design, but no proof exists to confirm nor deny this rumor.

For the first year it was struck, the reverse of the Indian Head cent depicted the denomination – the words "one cent" – inside a laurel wreath. The following year, the laurel wreath became an oak wreath, thought to symbolize authority. Arrows were added to the bottom an a heraldic shield was added at the top.

The Indian Head penny was produced using the same material as the Flying Eagle cent – a mixture of copper and nickel – until 1864, when the nickel was removed, changing the coin’s color.

Although there are slight variations in design, the images remained virtually the same (excluding the obvious change on the reverse after the first year) until the coin ceased production in 1909.


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“These are brass gears with an Indian head penny and a buffalo nickel on it,” he said. Another has the top of a harmonica for embellishment, while another is of discarded zipper parts. “I have always loved the adornment, that kind of thing, and I got...Read more

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to a table in the lobby of Jason Babb's law practice was a button cover, a Masonic lapel pin, a rusty pocket knife, tattered record books — one with worms living between the pages — and at least nine worn-down coins, including one Indian head penny...Read more

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