Indian Head Cents
Widely considered America's most beautiful copper coin, the Indian Head cent debuted in 1859 and was struck for half a century until 1909 (when it was replaced by the Lincoln cent). The coins were issued during an adventurous period in U.S. history – including the Civil War, the Reconstruction Era that followed and the nation's Westward Expansion during the latter 19th century. Between its renowned design and historical significance, it is easy to see why the Indian Head penny is so highly sought after by collectors. We are proud to offer a large selection of Indian Head pennies for sale, including both bronze and copper-nickel varieties. At Littleton Coin, you can buy Indian Head cents with confidence, knowing each item has been carefully graded by our expert team. Explore single coins and coin sets in a wide variety of years, grades, mint marks and presentations.
More About Indian Head Pennies
Minted from 1859 through 1909, Indian Head cents have witnessed some of the most dramatic historical changes in American history – the discoveries of rich western gold and silver deposits, the completion of the transcontinental railroad, the industrial development of the country's greatest cities, the advent of the automobile and airplane, and the dawn of the 20th century. The coins were minted in copper-nickel from 1859-1864. However, in 1864 the composition was changed to bronze.
The obverse design on the Indian Head penny depicts Lady Liberty wearing a Native American headdress and a band inscribed liberty, not an actual Native American chief. The coin's reverse features a wreath of laurel leaves encircling the inscription one cent. This was changed in 1860 to a wider wreath of oak leaves surrounding the denomination, with a Union Shield above. Littleton Coin has a wide selection Indian Head cents for sale – add one to your collection today!