Our Coin Collecting Starter Set for Indian Head Cents is both Inspiring & Educational!
This Coin Collecting Starter Set is a great way to learn about and start collecting the Indian Head Cent Series! Included are the Dansco Indian Head Cent Album, the Red Book on Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cents , and 10 different Indian Head Cents.
This guide examines the Flying Eagle and Indian Head cents by date, mintage, collecting challenges and varieties. Adding to this valuable guide are full color photos, production notes, market values in multiple grades and much more. This second edition has been expanded and updated, including 32 more pages, new illustrations and new appendices.
In 1859, Chief Mint Engraves James B. Longacre's Indian Head Small Cent design replaced the Flying Eagle design. The obverse side is the bust of Lady Liberty wearing an Indian headdress. The 1859 Indian Head Cent featured the words "ONE CENT" wrapped within a laurel wreath. From 1860 to 1909, the laurel wreath was replaced with an oak leaf and shield design, which remained virtually unchanged through its final year of production in 1909. It is suspected the reverse design change was due to the growing tension between the Northern and Southern States, which were threatening secession from the Union. The placement of the Union shield may have been meant to remind the rebellious states that they were part of the Union. Indian Head Cents were issued from 1859-1909 by the Philadelphia and San Francisco Mints.