1886 Indian Head Cent Small Cents : Type 2

Bronze Composite Penny

Mintage: N/A
Minted at: Philadelphia

Designer - Engraver: James B Longacre
Metal Composition: 95% Copper - 5% Tin and Zinc

Diameter: 19 mm
Mass / Weight: 3.11 grams

What this coin looks like (obverse, reverse, mint mark location, special features, etc.):
1886 Type 2 Indian Head Cent Penny
There were two major types of 1886 Indian Head Cent (Penny) varieties. The one shown above is the Type 2 (Variety II) penny.

The difference between the type 1 vs type 2 1886 Indian head cent is a slight style change particularly on the obverse of the coin. The type 1 style was the earlier one which is best identified by noticing the last "A" in "AMERICA" on the reverse of the coin. The leading "A" is closer to the date and lines up with the Indian head's lock of hair. The type 2 version was the newer style where the "A" appears further away from the date in the counter-clockwise direction. The difference between the two is depicted in the example image below. Please note the differences in width between the white lines:


Coin value chart: Typical coin prices, values and worth in USD based on grade/condition
Good
(G-4)
Very Good
(VG-8)
Fine
(F-12)
Very Fine
(VF-20)
Extremely Fine
(EF-40)
About Uncirculated
(AU-50)
Uncirculated
(MS-60)
Uncirculated
(MS-63)
Proof
(PR-63)
$7.66$12$25$75$178$217$333$501$358

The 1886 Indian Head Penny (Type 2 Variety) is worth $12 in average condition and can be worth $333 or more in uncirculated mint condition. Proof coins can be worth $358 or more. Click here to learn how to use coin price charts. Also, click here to learn about grading coins. The Melt Value shown below is how valuable the coin's metal is worth (bare minimum value of coin). Click here to see the Melt Value of every US coin.


MELT VALUE: $0.0202





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