1872 Indian Head Cent

The 1872 Indian Head Cent (Buy on eBay) is the most difficult date to find with original Mint red color, and one of the lower mintage issues of the overall series. A total of 4,042,000 pieces were struck for circulation, where most spent their lives. Another estimated 950 proofs made for collectors.

Coins with nice eye-appeal are hard to find due to their circulation, and usual weakness on both sides. Uneven mixed alloys also contributed to the scarcity of premium quality mint-state coins with good eye-appeal.

Coin Specifications

  • Designer: James B. Longacre
  • Composition: 95% Copper, 5% Tin and Zinc
  • Weight: 3.11 grams
  • Diameter: 19 mm
  • Edge: Plain