We’ve already discussed how popular Indian Head pennies are among coin collectors, but the different years make a significant difference in their rarity and value. Indian Head pennies are easily recognizable due to their iconic image and bright-red copper color, but the pennies from 1877 are particularly wanted among collectors. Only 852,500 Indian Head pennies ever made their way into circulation, and this specific year produced less than other years. If you find an 1877 Indian Head Penny mixed in with the rest of your pocket change, then you’re in for a treat. These pennies have sold for nearly $150,00!
Coins featuring Lady Liberty tend to be prized possessions among collectors because they’re often rare for one reason or another. This 1825 Coronet Liberty Head Large Cent isn’t just valuable thanks to the presence of Lady Liberty. It’s rarity comes from the fact that the design was agreed upon by the general public. Master engraver Rober Scot was told to design “a spectacularly ugly head of Ms. Liberty.” Due to this request, a re-design was issued. Only a small number of this particular coin made it’s way into circulation, which is why this particular coin is considered to be a major collector’s item. These coins will easily sell for over $3,000!
You probably haven’t seen a coin like this before. As one of the first Lincoln pennies in circulation, the 1909 V.D.B Matte Proof Lincoln Penny made quite an impression on collectors. There are two things about this coin that set it apart from the crowd. First, it was struck with a matte-proof die, which was unusual of that time. Second, the designer’s initials “V.D.B.” can be seen at the bottom of the penny. These initials were later removed, which makes this particular penny extremely rare. A mere 1,194 coins were ever produced with the designers initials, making them an extremely rare find today. Were you to find and sell one of these coins, you could easily receive over $250,000!
Known as the “double leopard,” this coin is easily one of the rarest in existence. The Edward III Florin coin’s origins have been traced back to 1343, making it one of the oldest coins to ever be found at auction. Only three of these coins have been confirmed to exist in today’s world, which gives them an even more valuable rarity. One of these coins was found in almost perfect condition by a person using a metal detecor in 2006. That one find completely changed that person’s life because the coin sold at auction for $6.8 million!
We’ve seen a lot of coins on this list that feature double printing on letters or numbers, and this 1894 Indian Head Cent is yet another prime example of this classic flaw. This valuable and rare penny is sought after by collectors because the number “94” was accidentally stamped twice. However, there’s something about these cents that make them even more unique. Only some of the 1894 Indian Head Cents feature this printing error. Since only part of the batch has this error, those with the double date are considered more valuable. One of these pennies can easily featch more than $1,000.
We’ve discussed the popularity of the Indian Head design throughout the 1800s, but it really can’t be overstated. This design was used so much that the public began to believe the design had been overused by the time the 1900s came around, which led the government to focus on other designs. Many pennies came out with President Lincoln as the main feature rather than an Indian Head, which was a significant design change. However, Indian Head cents weren’t completely done away with yet, but very few of them continued to be minted. This 1909 S Indian Head Cent is one of the few batches that came out during the early 1900s, which makes it a rare and valuable find. Most collectors will spend over $1,300 for a single one of these pennies.