1863 Indian Head Small Cent XF+ Nicely Toned
Description: Very desirable and extremely fine or better copper-nickel 1863 Indian Head small cent or penny. The reverse of the coin has the oak wreath with shield. The coin itself is much better than the scan shows and has all of the details evident. The date is very readable as is the word LIBERTY. The veins in the feathers on the head are there and have some wear. As you can see from the photo, the details on the reverse are all there with wear commensurate with its age and circulated status. The coin is nicely toned, has nice eye appeal and is beautiful. These coins were designed by James Longacre. Early US coins such as this are gradually getting more and more difficult to find. Please view photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Size and Weight: 4.67 grams of a copper-nickel alloy having 88%25 copper and is 19 mm in diameter. The coin has the plain edge design
References: Page 111 in "2010 US Coin R. S. Yeoman (The Official Red Book), 63rd edition, Kenneth Bressett, editor, Published by Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, GA." Page 62 in "2011 US Coin Digest, David Harper Editor and Henry Miller Market Analyst, 9th Edition, Krause Publication, Iola, WI."
Condition: I would grade this coin as a good extremely fine or better. The coin has wear commensurate with its age and circulated status, some scratches, and bag marks, which do not distract from its beauty and quality. A definite nice and quality coin that is very rare in such a high grade. Please see photo to appreciate condition and beauty of the coin.