Bill Jones small cents
1C INDIAN HEAD, BRONZE (1864-1909)





Coin Details

Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: CENTS - INDIAN HEAD, PROOF
Item Description: 1C 1896
Full Grade: NGC PF 65 BN
Owner: BillJones

Set Details

Custom Sets: This coin is not in any custom sets.
Competitive Sets: Bill Jones' Type Set   Score: 597
Bill Jones' Type Set Excluding Modern Issues   Score: 597
Bill Jones' Basic Type set   Score: 597
Biill Jones Basic Type set with out gold   Score: 597
Bill Jones small cents   Score: 597
Research: NGC Coin Explorer NGC Coin Price Guide

Owner Comments:

In the middle of 1864, the U.S. switched from the “thick, white” copper-nickel cent to the bronze cent, which contained 95% copper and 5% zinc. The new coins weighed less, but it did not seem to matter to the public who had accepted light weight copper tokens during the Civil War.

The mint officials and employees were relieved to be done with the copper-nickel cents. The copper-nickel alloy was hard and did not strike up well. The copper-nickel planchets also promoted faster die wear than the bronze planchets. Unfortunately the reprieve from “the devil’s copper” as mint employees sometimes called copper-nickel was short lived. In 1865 it returned in the Nickel Three Cent Piece and in 1866 the Nickel Five Cent Piece which is still in circulation today.

The present coin is a very attractive Proof-65, Brown example of the bronze Indian cent. The coin has not spots, and is very choice for its color and grade. In your author’s opinion brown Proof cents, when they are this choice are quite underrated.

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