Indian Head Cent Coins - Choice Brilliant Uncirculated - Red & Brown Condition
- All coins are nice Red and Brown MS-63 or better condition.
- All coins come in protective plastic.
- Dates are our choice and will generally be after 1900.
Indian Head Cents were issued from 1859-1909 and have been one of the most highly collected U.S. coins for decades. Uncirculated coins such as these are even more sought after, with ever increasing demand by numismatists wishing to complete sets or to simply acquire one for a type set!
Because copper and bronze coins can tone rather quickly, even without ever entering circulation, numismatists group uncirculated copper coins into three categories to describe color or brilliance. Red, would best describe a copper coin that looks as if it just left the mint. These represent a very small percentage of all "coppers" and generally need to be well preserved to keep this brilliance. Coins from the early part of the 20th century and back can command huge premiums with fully red surfaces. Red and Brown (R&B) is a coin whose red color has mellowed. Red and Brown coins can show anywhere from about 25% of their original mint red, to nearly full redness. The last group is brown. Under most circumstances, a copper coin's mint red will eventually turn to all brown, just like most pennies you will find in change. While not as desirable as the other two, brown "UNC" coins (which will often show some red) are still very collectible and can be a good way to acquire quality coins on a limited budget. Copper coins which have been cleaned to simulate original red color will usually be valued at less than a brown coin.