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1864 Indian Head Penny - Wrong Planchet

 
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 Posted 12/01/2021  7:40 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Sarge50 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I weighed this penny because it is thick like a nickel but the same size as a penny and no it's not two Indians stuck or smashed together.see edge pictures? It looks and feels like silver but what coin back in 1864 was this size and weight 4.48g?






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 Posted 12/01/2021  7:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Cents of 1864 were struck on both copper/nickel and bronze planchets. Your coin is a badly-corroded example of the earlier type.
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 Posted 12/01/2021  8:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mrwhatisit to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
with the frog, he nails it again, 1864 was a transitional year for the cent, where the copper nickel was the first part of the year, then bronze the rest of the year.
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 Posted 12/01/2021  11:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Earle42 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Earlier type.
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 Posted 12/01/2021  11:12 pm  Show Profile   Check jacrispies's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add jacrispies to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yep, it is just one coin on the thicker planchet that was used between 1859 and 1864 on the Indian Head cents.
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 Posted 12/02/2021  11:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sh521932 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There were three major varieties in 1864 for the Indian Head cent: the CuNi one seen here and two bronze varieties; with and without L on the ribbon behind the head. The "L" stands for the initial of the last name of James Longacre who designed the coin. The L variety of 1864 Bronze Indian Head penny is the rarest of the three varieties.
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 Posted 12/02/2021  3:53 pm  Show Profile   Check sheldius's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add sheldius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thats pretty neat. I didn't know that transition. Thanks for posting.
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 Posted 12/07/2021  09:01 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ExoGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@ SHIRDIUS .... My humble suggestion is to purchase a "Redbook." Yeoman's Guide Book to U.S. Coins" breaks down the types and varieties of coins like this one. Older volumes of this guide can be had for a buck or two. These guides cover colonial and some early token issues as well.
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