We are excited to release the forty eigth coin in the CollecTons Keepers program, an exclusive series only offered by CollecTons. CollecTons Keeper #48 in the Series features the 1859 Type 1 Indian Head Cent with Laurel Wreath Reverse, Certified Circulated in an Exclusive ANACS Holder.
What makes this coin a Coin Worth Keeping?
The Flying Eagle Cent was produced for circulation in 1857 & 1858. The design proved difficult to strike properly. Parts of the eagle near the border would often be lightly defined. Beginning in early 1858, the Mint began preparing new designs for the 1859 small cent. Of the eleven designs submitted by Chief Engraver James Longacre and Assistant Engraver Anthony Paquet, one featured Miss Liberty wearing a Native American head dress on the obverse and a laurel wreath on the reverse. Both the obverse and the reverse had fairly low reliefs and it is for this reason that the designs were likely chosen as they would be less likely to cause problems in production. Mint Director Snowden said the design was "an Indian head with a falling crown of feathers." and the term Indian Head Cent was coined.
In 1860, the reverse of the coin was changed from a laurel wreath to an oak wreath with a shield. It isn't known why the design was changed but some have speculated that Mint Director Snowden wished to give the coin "more National Character". This makes the 1859 Indian Head Cent a unique and sought after coin, one that every coin collector should have.
- Year: 1859
- Mint: Philladelphia
- Finish: Circulated
- Mintage: 36,400,000
- Composition: 0.120 Nickel, 0.880 Copper
- Weight: 4.67 grams
- Diameter: 19 mm
- Edge: Plain
What makes the CollecTons Keepers program special? Here at CollecTons, we work hard researching coins that should be part of every collection. Our goal is to utilize our knowledge in the numismatic industry to select coins worthy of being in everyone's collection! Therefore, the CollecTons Keepers program will only feature those Coins Worth Keeping.
Each coin is hand selected and given to ANACS (America's Oldest Grading Service) for grading and authentication. The coins are then sealed in an ANACs certified proprietary slab holder for long-term storage, with our limited edition label marking it a CollecTons Keeper. Collect one or collect the entire series!