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.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

The combined efforts of a knowledgeable group makes this an authoritative site for both beginning and seasoned coll… [read review or visit site]

Legendary Coins and Currency

Legendary Coins and Currency

This online exhibition from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is a great way to get an overview… [read review or visit site]

Society of U.S. Pattern Collectors

Society of U.S. Pattern Collectors

Home to the Society of U.S. Pattern collectors, this well-organized site provides in-depth information on pattern c… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

1877 Indian Head Cent Series Key Date Better Grade Fine++1909-s Indian Head Penny, Highly Coveted Ultra Rare Key Date, ** Free Shipping!1885 Indian Head Cent - Pcgs Ms64 Red Brown - Lustrous With Colorful Toning 1909-s 1c Indian Head Cent - Pcgs Au53 - Pcgs#314750771907 Proof Indian Head Cent - Pcgs Pr64+ - Nicer Than The Pics!1877 Indian Head Cent Beautiful Uncleaned Patina Full Details1909-s Indian Head Cent: Well Struck-rd/bn Surfaces-1 Or 2 Diamonds-mid GradeStunning 1871 Ngc G6 Bn Certified U.s. Indian Head Cent 1c An4584j1909-s Indian Penny Extremely Fine About Unc Light Corrosion Rare!!!1877 Indian Head Penny ** Key Date!1909-s Indian Head Penny 1c Ms 64 Rb Red Brown Pcgs1877 Indian Head Cent: Fully Struck-smooth Surfaces-partial Liberty Letters1909-s Indian Head Cent Penny1877 Indian Head Cent Ngc Good Details Damaged 1877 Indian Head Cent ~ Good1873 Closed 3 Indian Cent, Pcgs Ms64 Rb Cac, Very Sweet! Davidkahnrarecoins1909-s Ngc Vf35 Bn Indian Head Cent (ic477)1877 Indian Head Cent 1c United States Coin1872 Indian Head Penny, Choice Vf++/xf Key Date, ** Free Shipping!Partial Indian Head Cent Collection With Extremely Rare 18771865 Indian Head Penny Proof, Nice Red Gem Pf++, Low Mintage, ** Free Shipping!1909-s Rare Indian Head Cent ~ Vg Details "stains"Indian Head Penny Collection Missing 3 1869 Overdate,1877 And 1909-s1876 Philadelphia Mint Copper Indian Head Cent Free Shipping1908-s Indian Head Penny, Well Desired Bu++ Key Date, ** Free Shipping!1877 Indian Cent Noblespirit No Reserve Extremely Valuable Indian Head Cents Set With High Grades1869 Key Date Indian Head Penny, Solid Coin And Problem Free!1879 Proof Indian Head -- Pcgs Pr63 Bn - Rainbow Toned -- No Reserve1882 Proof Indian Head -- Pcgs Pr63 Bn - Rainbow Toned -- No Reserve1863 Indian Head Penny, Razor Sharp Solid Gem Bu++ Tougher Date, ** Free S/h!1871 Indian Head Cent Original Chocolate Brown1909-s Indian Cent1900 Pcgs Indian Head Penny, Red-brown, Pcgs Ms 64 Rb ** Free Shipping!1872 Rev Of 69 Indian Head Penny 1c Ms 64 Rb Red Brown Ngc Pop= 1/0Flying Eagle And Indian Head Cent Book Complete1866 Indian Head Penny, Desired Choice Bu++ Key Date Copper,** Free Shipping!1888 Indian Head Penny 1888 Proof Indian Head Pcgs Pr65bn - Rainbow Toned (low Reserve)1865 Indian Head Penny, Beautiful Near Gem Bu++ Tougher Date, ** Free Shipping!1877 Key Date Indian Head One Cent Rare!Whitman Folder Indian Head Penny Collection 40 Coins1872 Indian Head Cent Vg+ From Complete Set Listed Free Combined Shipping1908-s Indian Cent Pcgs Ms64 Bn Cac Sticker Nice No Reserve Free Shipping1860 Indian Head Cent (ms 63) Pcgs1883 Indian Cent, Pcgs Ms65bn, Gorgeous Colors, Gorgeous Coin - Look!50 Cent Shotgun Penny Roll Pictured Is Up For Bid 1931s / 1926s Ends #331876 Philadelphia Mint Copper Indian Head Cent Free Shipping(20) Scarce Indian Head Cents Pennies Lot Of 20 - 1859, 1861, 1864, 1873, 1885 +1861 Indian Head Penny 1861 Indian Head Penny1867 Indian Head Cent Ngc Unc Details 1888 Indian Head Penny, Red Brown, Super Pq Solid Gem Bu++ Rb, Better Date!1864 Indian Head Cent Ngc Ms-63 1869 Indian Head Cent/sharp Lines/vg NiceIndian Head Cents 85 Copper Coins! Nice Cents! Collectible Old Pennies! Longacre1878 Philadelphia Mint Copper Indian Head Cent Free ShippingIndian Head Penny Collection 23 Coins 1908-s -1909-s (122j)1864l Semi-key Date Indian Head One Cent Vf+ Civil War Date1869 Indian Head Cent (51m)