Coin Set - 5 Indian Head Pennies

Item Number: 99166
Product Type:  Coin
Size: 3/4 inch (19mm) Round
Material: Copper
Price: $5.99

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Indian Head Cents - Set of 5

Young numismatists (coin collectors) may have heard of "Indian-head" pennies from their grandparents, but they probably haven't seen them, since President Lincoln has been on the U.S. penny since 1909.

These coins come from an era when American coins were more beautiful than today, and provide ample opportunity for youngsters to learn about American values.

"Indian-head" pennies don't even show a Native American! Rather, the image on these pennies, which were struck beginning in 1859 and through 1909, is a fanciful representation of Liberty, which was common to American coins in the 1700s and 1800s. It's the feathered headdress that made people think that the face on the coin was a Native American.

Pennies struck before 1856 were larger and composed of nickel and copper. In 1856, smaller pennies were struck, but had a flying eagle on the front (or "obverse," as coin collectors prefer). On the back ("reverse"), except for 1859, was a wreath of oak and laurel, with a Federal shield at the top.

In 1864, the coins were made thinner, and for the first time, made of 95 percent copper and 5 percent tin and zinc.

This starter set includes five common, random, different-dated "Indian-head" pennies, graded good or better, in a colorful velour pouch ideal for carrying or keeping safe.

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