Rare 1859 Indian Head Small Cent VF
Description: Very desirable and rather rare very fine or better copper-nickel 1859 Indian Head small cent or penny. The reverse of the coin has the laurel wreath. The coin itself is much better than the scan shows and has all of the details with some wear commensurate with its circulated state. The date is very readable and the word LIBERTY can be discerned. The veins in the feathers on the head are also discernable, but worn. 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 has very 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 especially 1859 variety representing the first date of issue for these beautiful coins. 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 110 in "2010 US Coin R. S. Yeoman (The Official Red Book), 63rd edition, Kenneth Bressett, editor, Published by Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, GA." Page 61 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 very fine. The coin has wear commensurate with its age and circulated status, some scratches, bag marks, and one or two very shallow edge nicks, 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.