Help in verifying the date of this penny..........

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Dave1965, Jan 18, 2018.

  1. Dave1965

    Dave1965 New Member

    I have an Indian Head penny and I believe the date is 1860 and I need help verifying it. I've used the "Official Red Book" of US Coins 2018 edition and it's on page 116. I think this is a Variety 2 penny minted 1860-1864. It has the shield on the "One Cent" side and the date seems to be "1 8 ? 0" with the third digit being what I need help with.

    Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!!


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  3. Gilbert

    Gilbert Part time collector Supporter

    Looks like an 1860 to me, with mucho environmental damage.
  4. Dave1965

    Dave1965 New Member

    Thanks! Dad dug it out of the ground metal detecting!
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  5. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    If it's thicker than a modern cent, that would confirm it's an 1860, made of copper-nickel (as the earlier Flying Eagle cents were) rather than bronze, like the coins from the latter half of 1864 onward were.

    Who cares about the enviro damage. That's a cool find. I have never dug a copper-nickel Indian or Flying Eagle cent, though a friend of mine once found an 1863 in one of my hotspots, using a detector he had borrowed from me.

    The earliest Indian cent I've dug with a readable date was a surprisingly nice 1868, though I did find a heavily corroded one I think might be an 1864 (bronze).
  6. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    PS- welcome, BTW.

    Is the "1965" in your username your birthyear?

    If so, we're the same age. I'm a '65 model myself. :)
  7. Dave1965

    Dave1965 New Member

    Yup.....I'm a 1965 model....March 1st to be exact!

    Thanks for the reply!

    Oh, and it is in fact thicker. It feels heavier weight wise too.
  8. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    That clinches it. It's an 1860.

    You're not quite ten months older than me. I barely made it into the 1965 club, on December 28th. :)
  9. Dave1965

    Dave1965 New Member

    Thanks again for your help!
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