How to Grade Flying Eagle/Indian Head Cents
- Eagle: All details worn, but readable. Indian: No letters in LIBERTY readable, full to near full rims.
VG7 Very Good
- Eagle: Feather details and eye are evident, but worn. Indian: At lease three letters readable in LIBERTY.
- Eagle: Eagle head details and feather tips sharp. Indian: LIBERTY completely readable, but weak in spots.
VF20 Very Fine
- Eagle: Feathers in right wing and tail show considerable detail. Indian: Slight, but even wear on LIBERTY.
EF40 Extremely Fine
- Eagle: Slight wear, all details sharp. Indian: Details and LIBERTY sharp. Slight wear on ribbon end.
AU50 Almost Uncirculated
- Eagle: Slight wear on eagle's left wing and breast. Indian: Slight wear above ear and lowest curl of hair.
Indian Head Pennies and their History
Indian Head pennies, also known as the Indian Head Cent, were produced by the United States Mint and designed by Philadelphia Mint engraver James Barton Longacre from 1844 to 1869. Indian Head coins are highly sought after due to their rarity, and collectors will often buy Indian Head pennies at many times their face value.
Collectors in search of Indian Head Cents for sale will find that our selection is graded using strict Photograde standards, and spans across all production years.
These coins feature the head of Liberty with a feather head dress of a Native American on the obverse side along with text reading “United States of America.” There will be one of two designs on the reverse side, depending on the year; a coin from 1859 reads "ONE CENT" inside a wreath of laurel, and the other, from 1860 until the end of production, has a similar design except that the text is inside a wreath of oak and olive. The reverse side also features a ribbon tied at the base of the wreath with a Federal shield above. Make the rare Indian Head Penny part of your collection while you can!