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|Designed by the then chief engraver, James B. Longacre, the 1859 American coin was produced at the Philadelphia Mint. Worth much more than its face value, the Indian Head Cent entered the nation's commerce on the eve of the Civil War. This bronze coin bears the head of Liberty wearing a feather head dress of a Native American on one side, while the rear is engraved with the wreath of oak and a small federal shield at the top. Previously made of 88 percent copper and 12 percent nickel, the composition of this bronze coin was later changed to 95 percent copper, five percent tin and zinc. This 1859 American coin also went by the nickname "Nick" or nickel, prior to the five-cent nickel coin we know today. Last produced in 1908 at the San Francisco mint, this Indian Head Cent is now a prized possession for collectors. The Indian Head Cent was withdrawn from circulation by the U.S. Treasury when the Lincoln Penny was introduced in 1909.|
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|Coinage Type||Circulation Coinage|
|Catalog Number||KM# 87|
|Coin Name||Indian Head Cent|
|Mint Name||U.S. Mint|
|Obverse Description||Indian head with headdress left above date|
|Reverse Description||Value within wreath|
|Obverse Legend||UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
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